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Kreg A. Sherbine

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Registered: 12/6/04
Kill Files & Such
Posted: Jul 19, 1995 5:57 PM
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Annie sent us a note on July 10 regarding the new availability of nctm-l
on the World Wide Web (http://forum.swarthmore.edu/nctm-l.html); opening
an account via this page will, according to Annie's note, allow users to
set up kill files with which selected people or topics can be filtered
and thereby ignored.

I'm staying on the list, partly because I have no life and partly because
there is still enough reasonable discussion here to make it
worthwhile. One big problem seems to be that several folks are not able
to disagree cordially. Disagreement is vital to the evolution of the
discourse: it would be a dull list indeed if every post generated nothing
but half-a-dozen "I totally agree" messages. On the other hand, it's
possible to totally disagree and maintain what we in the South refer to
as "a sense of decorum," that is, a pleasant attitude and the realization
that a difference of opinion is neither an insult nor a cause for one.

So perhaps if the heat is becoming too much for folks, they could stay in
the kitchen but turn off some of the appliances via a kill file. I left
sci.math for the same reasons other folks are leaving here (remember
Ludwig Plutonium?), but this place is too valuable for that sort of
degeneracy.

Kreg A. Sherbine | To doubt everything or to believe
Graduate Student | everything are two equally convenient
Vanderbilt University | solutions; both dispense with the
sherbine@math.vanderbilt.edu | necessity of reflection. -H. Poincare








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