[Baypiggies] ADMIN: reposting private e-mail

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Fri Mar 31 18:39:11 CEST 2006

On Fri, Mar 31, 2006, Marilyn Davis wrote:
> Agreed that there is no issue this time, but if unpleasant private
> mail comes to a person because of her participation in an email list,
> I think it is her right and duty to post it to the list so that
> everyone is aware of the behavior, and so that she doesn't have to
> bear the pain of it alone.  A rule like baypiggies', although it is
> the traditional ole internet rule, invites private abuse.

Well, I certainly encourage people to respond publicly to harassment and
abuse -- with the caveat that I also encourage people to think carefully
before assuming that something is indeed harassment and abuse.  Geeks are
well-known for, er, lacking social skills, and I've seen a few tempests
in a teapot due to being too quick on the trigger.

I encourage people to take an in-between route as a first step and talk
with the list admins by sending e-mail to baypiggies-owner at python.org

In any case, the bottom line is that the base rule is never to post
private e-mail publicly unless overridden by some specific other
appropriate reason.  I think people should feel generally comfortable
sending private e-mail to keep off-topic clutter away from the list.

(Let me close by noting that I do understand where you're coming from;
there certainly have been "privacy fetishists" who have attempted to use
"no posting of private e-mail" as cover for their harassment and abuse.
That's not going to happen on the BayPIGgies list if I have any say.)
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