drink (was Re: Klava Recipies)

Sat Mar 22 15:57:23 PST 2003

On Sat, Mar 22, 2003 at 04:10:34PM -0800, lazarus <lazarus33pjf at cox.net> wrote:
> On Sat, 22 Mar 2003 17:44:22 -0600, you wrote:
> >The initial quoted comment ("I was told the Hungarians 
> >invented...") didn't seem to be referring to Gore at all, but 
> >rather Brust. 
> >The response ("... stop listning to Al Gore") was IMHO a 
> >misreading of the original comment and an inappropriate 
> >politicization.  
> >The response to that ("I know it's off topic, but...") was 
> >similarly inappropriate for the political content, and more 
> >annoying to me personally (because it contains some things that 
> >I would dispute and don't like to leave unchallenged).  
> >But I will resist.
> On usenet, the standard practise is to put an OT:  in the subject.
> Would that not be a good thing to start here, so that people could
> filter on OT: and avoid threads that are possibly controversial?

"Standard practice" on Usenet is a misnomer for anything not in 
an RFC, generally.  That said, I am not at all opposed to this 

The dynamics on a mailing list are different -- mainly in that 
you have to download the message before you can filter it out on 
the subject line, and off-topic messages still sit in mailboxes 
until deleted, taking up quota space and so on.  As a result, 
it's not necessarily ideal. 

Matthew Hunter (matthew at infodancer.org)
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