[discuss] limitation of mails per day?

Carlos A. Afonso ca at cafonso.ca
Fri Jan 3 20:41:18 UTC 2014

Besides agreeing with Avri on the bad idea this is, I have to say to
Adiel that if 1Net people volunteered to coordinate actions using lists
as its main interaction tool, well, having a lot of messages to handle
is just part of the coordination effort you guys volunteered to do.

I disagree with such caps.

fraternal regards


On 01/03/2014 02:49 PM, Avri Doria wrote:
> Hi,
>  I am going to use one of my 4 to indicate that while I will endeavor to
> comply, I think it is a bad idea.
> - already today, I notice shifting discussions off list.  Long threads
> are what happens as one digs deeper into a topic using a conversational
> email mode.  Yes, it can also happen when people are ping-ponging
> accusatory cruft,  but that is not the only reason it happens. 
> Sometimes the meat of a subject only comes out after a dialogue has gone
> on for bit and gotten beyond the banalities.
> - how do you balance the contributions of those who write long epistles,
> with those who contribute short comments.  Should we count words too? 
> Do we need Thomas' email stats tool which seems a good behavioral
> throttle? Or are we only trying to save people from having unread
> messages as opposed to having them read too much?
> - if one is asked a question, do they just respond privately?
> - what about when there are more than 4 threads?  Should we combine
> multiple threads in one message in order to keep our message count low?
> - what is a day?  Does the message I sent at 1am EST before going to bed
> count with today's messages (I will assume it does - this is my third). 
> Or do we do our calculations of 4/day using UTC?  Or maybe we use Jewish
> rules and count from sundown?
> - to what extent will some people decide that if they get 4 messages a
> day, well then they are going to use them.  Even if they have nothing to
> say.
> Oh, well.
> avri
> On 03-Jan-14 04:16, Adiel Akplogan wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> In one of the thread there was a suggestion to limit the number of mails per day per person to make it easy for everyone to follow and prevent few and same people to overload the mailing list (the number of 4 was suggested but that is disputable). I know some will jump that it is will be breach to freedom of expression :-) (which in fact will be somehow true), but frankly it is becoming not easy to keep track of everything posted on the list. (I have to catchup with 300+ emails after few days off) Can_we/should_we do anything at all about that? Thoughts?
>> - a.
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