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Moderating r.a.p and r.a.s. Was: Absolute lowest altitude you can fly (legally)



 
 
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Old January 5th 07, 11:46 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting,rec.aviation.student
Jim Logajan
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Default Moderating r.a.p and r.a.s. Was: Absolute lowest altitude you can fly (legally)

Michael Rhodes wrote:
Is there a particular reason why r.a.s and r.a.p are not moderated?


I currently moderate or co-moderate 5 newsgroups and have acquired some
small insights on moderation; here's what I think I know or have learned:

First, I'm not 100% sure what the current policy is, but I believe that
proposals to change an unmoderated group to a moderated group would be
discarded as contrary to Big 8 Usenet policy. This is because the few times
that unmoderated groups have been changed to moderated in the past have
lead to considerable strife.

But it would be possible to propose parallel groups; e.g.
rec.aviation.piloting.moderated - but you'd have to find moderators willing
to plow through submissions several times a day, everyday, indefinitely.
Moderation definitely slows down the dialogue. The pay sucks (did I mention
it requires unpaid volunteer efforts?) and borderline and rejected posts
(which pop up more often than you'd think) seem to consume most of the
daily effort. Great diplomacy and the patience of the biblical Job are
needed if moderation is to be effective.

Secondly, if the proposed moderated groups adopt charters similar in scope
to those for r.a.p and r.a.s then IMHO most of the posts by mxsmanic would
still be on topic, while a non-trivial number of the follow-up messages
others have posted in response appear to be off topic or inflammatory and
therefore subject to rejection. And strictly speaking much of the other
off-topic threads that long-time regulars sometimes start would have to be
nipped at the bud. This all assumes of course that the moderators are
adhering strictly to charters set up for public access discussion of
aviation and not set up like clubs with access restricted to "members."

Lastly, moderation doesn't really eliminate strife - it merely moves it
partly out of sight to e-mails between moderators and posters whose posts
have been rejected. And did I mention how much moderators get paid to keep
newsgroups "clean" for the benefit of readers?
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Old January 6th 07, 03:39 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting,rec.aviation.student
Montblack
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Default Moderating r.a.p and r.a.s. Was: Absolute lowest altitude you can fly (legally)

("Jim Logajan" wrote)
Is there a particular reason why r.a.s and r.a.p are not moderated?


I currently moderate or co-moderate 5 newsgroups and have acquired some
small insights on moderation; here's what I think I know or have learned:



Ms X Maniac will pass ...while a moderator will be with us forever.

I vote NO!


Mont-Black also votes NO!
....and Paul votes NO!


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Old January 6th 07, 04:14 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting,rec.aviation.student
Dudley Henriques
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Default Moderating r.a.p and r.a.s. Was: Absolute lowest altitude you can fly (legally)


"Montblack" wrote in message
...
("Jim Logajan" wrote)
Is there a particular reason why r.a.s and r.a.p are not moderated?


I currently moderate or co-moderate 5 newsgroups and have acquired some
small insights on moderation; here's what I think I know or have learned:



Ms X Maniac will pass ...while a moderator will be with us forever.

I vote NO!


Mont-Black also votes NO!
...and Paul votes NO!



I agree. There's WAY too much fuss over this character. There is no
substitute for simply not answering him if his posts bother people.
Personally, I don't even know he's there half the time unless I post on
someone in the same thread he's in. REALLY....he's no big deal at all, and
surely not worth moderating a group over him.
Dudley Henriques


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Old January 6th 07, 05:10 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting,rec.aviation.student
G. Morgan
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Default Moderating r.a.p and r.a.s. Was: Absolute lowest altitude you can fly (legally)

On Fri, 05 Jan 2007 22:46:29 -0000, Jim Logajan
wrote:

Michael Rhodes wrote:
Is there a particular reason why r.a.s and r.a.p are not moderated?


I currently moderate or co-moderate 5 newsgroups and have acquired some
small insights on moderation; here's what I think I know or have learned:

First, I'm not 100% sure what the current policy is, but I believe that
proposals to change an unmoderated group to a moderated group would be
discarded as contrary to Big 8 Usenet policy. This is because the few times
that unmoderated groups have been changed to moderated in the past have
lead to considerable strife.

But it would be possible to propose parallel groups; e.g.
rec.aviation.piloting.moderated - but you'd have to find moderators willing
to plow through submissions several times a day, everyday, indefinitely.
Moderation definitely slows down the dialogue. The pay sucks (did I mention
it requires unpaid volunteer efforts?) and borderline and rejected posts
(which pop up more often than you'd think) seem to consume most of the
daily effort. Great diplomacy and the patience of the biblical Job are
needed if moderation is to be effective.

Secondly, if the proposed moderated groups adopt charters similar in scope
to those for r.a.p and r.a.s then IMHO most of the posts by mxsmanic would
still be on topic, while a non-trivial number of the follow-up messages
others have posted in response appear to be off topic or inflammatory and
therefore subject to rejection. And strictly speaking much of the other
off-topic threads that long-time regulars sometimes start would have to be
nipped at the bud. This all assumes of course that the moderators are
adhering strictly to charters set up for public access discussion of
aviation and not set up like clubs with access restricted to "members."

Lastly, moderation doesn't really eliminate strife - it merely moves it
partly out of sight to e-mails between moderators and posters whose posts
have been rejected. And did I mention how much moderators get paid to keep
newsgroups "clean" for the benefit of readers?



Moderation won't work. Do what you did to Robert L. Bass if the group
thinks MX is that bad. I personally think Mx is harmless and mostly
posts on-topic, but my opinion doesn't matter since I'm not a regular
here.

If you want a "members only" forum, Usenet is not the right media..
open a private web forum and attract the folks you want to see. That
can get boring though...

BTW.. If any of you are interested I became aware of this group
because of the turmoil RLB instigated here, and has been a scourge on
a certain alarm NG for years. Unfortunately the alarm NG has been
unable to get rid of the SOB. I do enjoy the good information here
and look forward to my flight training when I can afford it and get
the time.




--

-Graham

(delete the double e's to email)
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Old January 6th 07, 05:51 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting,rec.aviation.student
A Lieberma
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Default Moderating r.a.p and r.a.s. Was: Absolute lowest altitude you can fly (legally)

"Dudley Henriques" wrote in
:

I agree. There's WAY too much fuss over this character. There is no
substitute for simply not answering him if his posts bother people.


Dang, how so much I agree......

Allen
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Old January 6th 07, 06:01 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting,rec.aviation.student
Martin X. Moleski, SJ
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Default Moderating r.a.p and r.a.s. Was: Absolute lowest altitude you can fly (legally)

On Fri, 05 Jan 2007 22:46:29 -0000, Jim Logajan wrote in :

Michael Rhodes wrote:


Is there a particular reason why r.a.s and r.a.p are not moderated?


First, I'm not 100% sure what the current policy is, but I believe that
proposals to change an unmoderated group to a moderated group would be
discarded as contrary to Big 8 Usenet policy. This is because the few times
that unmoderated groups have been changed to moderated in the past have
lead to considerable strife.


I'm on the big-8 management board, such as it is, and that sounds
about right.

We couldn't bring ourselves to say we'd "never" try to change
the status of a group from unmoderated to moderated, but I think
we're quite firm that it's something that we'd hardly ever consider.

r.a.p. and r.a.s. would not, in my view, qualify as likely
exceptions-to-the-rule.

But it would be possible to propose parallel groups; e.g.
rec.aviation.piloting.moderated - but you'd have to find moderators willing
to plow through submissions several times a day, everyday, indefinitely.
Moderation definitely slows down the dialogue.


And (in my eight-year experience as the moderator of one group),
may tend to lead to less liveliness and fun. There are a lot
of tradeoffs.

Here's a faq about how moderation works, with a link to Allbery's
"Pitfalls" essay:

http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.p...aqs:moderation

I think Jim is absolutely right: get a real newsreader, [amigo],
and killfile anyone you don't want to read--and anyone who
talks with them ceaselessly. "And the world will be a better
place ..."

Marty
--
Big-8 newsgroups: humanities.*, misc.*, news.*, rec.*, sci.*, soc.*, talk.*
See http://www.big-8.org for info on how to add or remove newsgroups.
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Old January 6th 07, 09:39 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting,rec.aviation.student
Montblack
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Default Moderating r.a.p and r.a.s. Was: Absolute lowest altitude you can fly (legally)

("G. Morgan" wrote)
Moderation won't work. Do what you did to... (CENSORED)



moderator mode ON

The-fish-who's-name-we-dare-not-speak is not spoken here for one very good
reason:

We really don't need said (fwnwdns) looking up his accomplishments on Google
one day, only to see he's being talked about on RAP and RAS.

moderator mode OFF


MontBlack-Pearl


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Old January 6th 07, 06:59 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting,rec.aviation.student
C J Campbell[_1_]
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Default Moderating r.a.p and r.a.s. Was: Absolute lowest altitude you can fly (legally)

On Fri, 5 Jan 2007 14:46:29 -0800, Jim Logajan wrote
(in article ):



Lastly, moderation doesn't really eliminate strife - it merely moves it
partly out of sight to e-mails between moderators and posters whose posts
have been rejected. And did I mention how much moderators get paid to keep
newsgroups "clean" for the benefit of readers?


I have to agree that a moderated news group probably would not work any
better.

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Old January 6th 07, 07:07 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting,rec.aviation.student
C J Campbell[_1_]
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Default Moderating r.a.p and r.a.s. Was: Absolute lowest altitude you can fly (legally)

On Sat, 6 Jan 2007 00:39:23 -0800, Montblack wrote
(in article ):

("G. Morgan" wrote)
Moderation won't work. Do what you did to... (CENSORED)



moderator mode ON

The-fish-who's-name-we-dare-not-speak is not spoken here for one very good
reason:

We really don't need said (fwnwdns) looking up his accomplishments on Google
one day, only to see he's being talked about on RAP and RAS.

moderator mode OFF


Is he still even alive?

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Old January 7th 07, 01:03 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting,rec.aviation.student
C J Campbell[_1_]
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Default Moderating r.a.p and r.a.s. Was: Absolute lowest altitude you can fly (legally)

On Sat, 6 Jan 2007 10:48:16 -0800, Richard Riley wrote
(in article ):

On Sat, 6 Jan 2007 10:07:04 -0800, C J Campbell
wrote:


Is he still even alive?


"How do you kill that which has no life?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPRb9fO1sXY


ROFL!

So, once there was this fish, see, but it was really a troll, and an undead
troll at that.... WOW could be in trouble.

 




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