I've been thinking some more about the recent comments about the lack of etiquette on the NCTM-l. I wonder if the situation isn't somewhat analogous to driving. When you use the public roads, you encounter road hogs, tail gaters, people who refuse to dim their lights, those who refuse to yield the right of way when entering a highway (or those who won't move over when possible to make room for entering traffic), drivers who block intersections, who refuse to slow down in work areas, etc. Why should we be surprised when we encounter the same kind of behavior on the listserv?
It is interesting to think about how you respond to such situations in traffic and then compare those to recent suggestions on the net, but I won't use the space to do it.
[Also, if you think about the suggestion to voluntarily restrict the number of postings per day (or perhaps per week if that permits more flexibility), which may be worthy of consideration, why would you expect the "garbage posters" to abide by that restriction when they have so clearly violated other polite social expectations?]
Just a late Friday afternoon thought. :)
Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225 firstname.lastname@example.org