this will be my last message on this topic.
Can you imagine how I hate to write such e-mails? I spent this day (and tomorrow,
too) in a meeting of the German Standardisation Organisation experts where we are
discussing future standards for roughness measurement issued by the International
Standardisation Organisation (ISO). There are heated debates, and not a few, but it
always stays on a reasonable level. The irony is that we are discussing standards
which have to be followed (if no other rules are specified) by the world-wide
industry. This is similar to what has been done by myself in a casual way, by Greg
with his monthly posting of his policies.
It was clear from the beginning that a clear cut between the observation list and
the discussion list would not be possible except by setting it up as a rule like
Greg then did. And because he is the founder of the list it was his right to do so.
And it was by that achieved that discussion took place in comets-ml, just as it was
intended. Not all who subscribe to comets-ml subscribe to CometsObs and would miss
discussion in the latter group.
Rob Overfield has put it nicely
Comets-ml = discussion group
CometsObs = observations
CometImages = images links
and let's even add Gregs group CometChasing as a more open or less technical group.
What all these groups do not intend is personal attacking or unreasonable arguing.
I sometimes wish that all would be able to let a topic rest and not to have the
last word and sort these things out privately - especially after a plea of the
moderator. When I can manage not to jump on every criticism that is not about
comets but on the list management or my philosophy in moderating by being not
always present - why can't you?
So, and this is my last word on this, please
1) obey the structure of the lists as best as you can
2) direct discussions not related to cometary matters ('cometary matters' do not
include opinions on the leadership of comets-ml and other lists) to the relevant
moderators/owners but NOT into the list
3) accept that the lists are somehow autocratic (more or less, depending on the
4) NEVER EVER post personal attacks to others, be reasonable and polite, even in
criticism (and yes, this is possible)
!!! Please note that violations especially of points 2 and 4 will result in
immediate moderating for a chosen time. !!!
Remember Austin Powers... BEHAVE!
I do hope that all others can now take their popcorn bags away and we will be on
topic from now on. I really do.
Thank you very much.
If they give you ruled paper, write the other way. * Juan Ramon Jimenez
German Comet Section http://www.fg-kometen.de