[OT] get rid of OT

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Thu Sep 29 15:33:26 UTC 2011


On 29 September 2011 16:20, rikona <rikona at sonic.net> wrote:
> Another approach might be more fruitful. It is evident that there are
> a number of people who really like to post OT stuff. Trying to silence
> these people by moderation is, as we can already see, fraught with
> problems. Giving them a good place to post OT material might solve a
> lot of the problem.

Well we could have a policy of "no OT" on the list, and police it
hard. People who transgress get warnings then mute/removal from the
list. It would certainly focus people's attention (and invite
censorship claims from some of the more militant members of the list).

> What they need is an easy-as-possible alternative mailing list. The
> bikeshed forum alternative is NOT good - javascript, ads, and way too
> much other googleness. I am amazed that, with all the tech folks here,
> SOMEONE could not start a 'real' mailing list something like UB-OT, or
> if it needs more obfuscation, UBOT.

Anyone can setup a mailing list if they want. You almost certainly
wont get approval for an offtopic one hosted on lists.ubuntu.com, but
anywhere else, go for it.

> Is there NOBODY here willing to set up such a 'real' mailing list? I
> would think that with all the technical capabilities here, we would
> already have such a MAILING LIST.

Many are technically capable. It's whether they want the headache of
running it. Honestly talking to some of the people on this list is
mentally and emotionally _exhausting_. I don't envy someone running an
entirely offtopic list.


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