Subject: Re: [NYCGA-IWG] quick poll on this google group
From: Bruce Wagner
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:39:39 -0500
To: internet_working_group@googlegroups.com

I'm not sure if this would be a popular opinion...

But it's my opinion that if a forum ( or list, or google group ) is
designed for discussion of a specific topic ( like Internet WG
matters, for example ), it should be moderated... so that only topics
related to that.... are permitted.

It's not censorship.   It's proper categorizing of topics, in the
proper place....  out of respect for people's time.

Any google groups I create, I moderate every message.   If someone
posts something that is off-topic, I simple reply to them directly...
directing them to the proper group to post such messages....  and I do
not approve way-off-topic messages.    I realize that it slows down
the immediacy of messages, as they wait for me to approve them...  But
overall, I think people really appreciate not being inundated with
unrelated off-topic content.   Plus I try very hard to approve, or
deal with, every message as quickly as I can... from my phone...

Any wide-open un-moderated group will sooner or later become a free
for all...  and following it becomes like trying take a sip of water
from a fire hydrant.

Just my 2 cents.    :-)


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On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM, Sam Zimmerman <occupy.sam.z@gmail.com> wrote:
hi all -

In the course of moderating comments to this google group, it looks as
if 90% or more are reposts from the Interocc list that are not
particularly relevant to internetty topics and concerns.  It seems
this dilution makes this google group less interesting and useful to
the internet working group and drives down participation, people stop
following, etc.

Has conversation amongst the internet working group mainly migrated
over to nycga.net? (where there are 332 members)

Is this group still useful?

If so, to get it back on point to internet working group concerns, I'm
floating a proposal:

How about we create a new google group, have all the human subscribers
sign up for the new group, and turn this one off, thus escaping the
tyranny of the Interocc cross-listing.

Thoughts?

- Sam



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