As previously stated, things are going to change here, and none too soon. In the interim, it would seem evident that there will be some folks who wish to spew as much personal venom as possible before they lose the ability to do so here. This is unfortunate, but completely predictable.
As these individuals well know, there remain many opportunities to launch ad hominem attacks on the internet. Those who are addicted to doing so will no doubt continue to do so. Perhaps they will never stop. Perhaps only legal action, the spread of moderated lists, or a new fad of shunning among intelligent people will be able to stop them. But it is clear that in THIS venue, they will be stopped.
Thus, I ask that despite the predictable slurs that are starting to appear here we continue to show our disdain for such practices by shunning those who perpetrate them. Though honoring this request may be frustrating and painful for those who are being attacked or are seeing colleagues and friends libeled and verbally assaulted, it would be gratifying to let those who persist in mudslinging do so alone. The rest of us should simply change the subject and get on with more meaningful conversations.
I think the vast majority of list members will appreciate the restraint.
------ Michael Paul Goldenberg Washtenaw Technical Middle College 5900 Bridge Rd #715 LA 230L Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Ann Arbor, MI 48106
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