[b-hebrew] when is a thread really closed?

B. M. Rocine brocine at twcny.rr.com
Fri Aug 12 07:39:10 EDT 2005

Dear Jim,

Give us a break!  We have day jobs.  This is volunteer work!

When the chairmen close a thread it is as simple as a request.  There is 
no automatic and technological back-up to enforce the request.  We are 
trusting that the members of the list will comply.

If members do not comply, then the chairmen can and will put the 
offenders on a moderation setting.  In that setting, all the posts of 
that individual will have to be approved by the chairmen before they are 
forwarded to the list.  Needless to say, this is embarrassing for a list 
member, slows down list traffic, and it is a lot more work for the 
chairmen.  If necessary, the entire list can be put on a moderation 
setting.  We chairmen have had to take this action a few times in the 
past.  In such a case ALL list traffic is passed by the chairmen.  It 
makes discussion very slow moving.  We want to avoid this step.  Of 
course, if we meet with a recalcitrant member, the chairmen will remove 
such a one from the list.

A lot of the work of the chairmen is done off-list, hidden from the eyes 
of the entire list.  For instance, we have just recently informed, 
off-list, some list members how close they are to being put on 
moderation.  We do a lot of our work off-list to make every effort to be 
considerate and respectful.

As the referee says on the football field, "Just play the game.  Let us 
do the refereeing."

Bryan Rocine
b-hebrew co-chair

Jim West wrote:
> I might be mistaken but I thought this whole "god and evil" thing was 
> Verboten- yet since that announcement 30 emails have come in with the 
> same nonsense continuing back and forth- unabated; lots of heat, plenty 
> of smoke, but not a drop of light.
> Moderators?  Please......
> Thanks
> Jim
> Shoshanna Walker wrote:

B. M. Rocine
Living Word Chruch
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Syracuse, NY 13026
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