time for a new list?

I have been reading this list for a while now, and for the most part,
just sitting back reading posts that interest me. I appreciate the early
heads up on outages, new info on networking technology and the like.
However, I do believe that moderating or "policing" the list would be a good
idea. I hate downloading my mail sometimes, for all the nonsense posts that
have been being sent to NANOG lately. Some of the threads go on forever or
seem to attract many of the following replies:

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I think that all that's needed are some loose guidelines. The
sun-managers list, for example, loosely requires that all issues
be discussed off-line (i.e. through direct e-mail to the submitter)
after an issue has been initially submitted to the list. The submitter
is then required to issue a summary of the results after all
responses have been received. The only management that is in
place (that I know of) is that the group mail-server rejects replies
to the list address (which eliminates 95% of off-line discussions
from being broadcast to the list). There are some habitual offenders
of the rules, but it is largely an effective arrangement. I'm sure
there are very many people (myself included) who have an interest in
the NANOG discussions but simply can not take the sheer volume of
messages.

Peter

   I have been reading this list for a while now, and for the most part,
just sitting back reading posts that interest me. I appreciate the early
heads up on outages, new info on networking technology and the like.
However, I do believe that moderating or "policing" the list would be a good
idea.

Instead of a pure moderation, where every post must be approved either
manually or by sender, why not have a few people who are well-versed on the
FAQ, gently reminding those that step too far away from it ? Suspension of
posting privileges can be an option, if absolutely necessary.

   As for a subscription requirement, that may be a little difficult as the
"good" information that passes through this list, is interesting to a great
deal of people that may not fit into the subscription group. It wouldn't be
fair to have them be denied from the right to see what is going on, however
a posting credentials requirement might be a good idea, but then again who
would enforce this, and what would the requirements be?

A written, time-limited IQ test !? :slight_smile:

Folks at Merit already sorta do this.

  I've gotten loving e-mail from them saying my postings are
not always on topic, or that cross posting is bad.

  - Jared