I joined this list a few years ago, when I was struggling with a
massive modification to a web site driven by Perl. I saw that the
list was having problems with spammers, and I volunteered to become a
moderator for only one reason: to quickly ban members who post
inappropriate messages. Although I am no longer a Perl programmer, I
have continued to serve as a moderator because I believe I am
contributing a valuable service.
This group is for discussion of the Perl programming language. As I
understand my mandate from the group owner, if a message is not
related to Perl, the member is to be banned without warning and
without question, regardless of the value of any previous
contributions to the list.
I don't have time to think about whether or not a member should be
banned. Normally, if I see an off-topic message, the members is gone.
Period. End of story. I don't have time to check to see if the
poster has been a valuable member. I don't have time to consider
whether I should just send him a warning message. If I see an
off-topic message, the message is removed and the poster is banned
inside a minute.
Since I am at home now, I had a bit of time to check to see who posted
the "Good website" message. I see that he's been a member for four
years, but not active. So, instead of banning him immediately, I am
taking the opportunity to send a public warning to the list. Keep
discussions on topic. Off-topic posts will result in immediate
removal from the list, merely because I don't have time to consider