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Subject: Re: [oiic-formation-discuss] Can we turn on list moderation now?

Mr Weir,

I have - quietly - read every word by every poster since this discussion began, most of it in real time.

Your patience and skills have been remarkable in regard to the increasingly abusive behavior of Mr. Marbux on this list. Even as a registered lurker, I was feeling intimidated by his legal innuendos.

Yes, certainly in this case, moderation is - very sadly - necessary for this group to conduct business in a reasonable fashion. I say this publicly, expecting the worst repercussion from this posting. That should not be, but it is. You have no choice but to follow through.


On Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 4:38 PM, <robert_weir@us.ibm.com> wrote:

2:25 PM -- Thomas Zander, OASIS member and member of the ODF TC makes his first post to this discussion list.


4:42 PM -- Paul "Marbux" Merrell attacks Thomas personally, questioning his motivation and his character, while throwing random, off-topic accusations.  I'd also question whether his repeated statements about "breaking monopolies" and similar topics risks running afoul of OASIS anti-trust policy.


This list is failing its intended purpose if a new participant receives personal attacks like this within 2 hours of his first post.  This is OASIS, not alt.talk.conspiracy.ufo.

Is there something that can be done about this?  After repeated warnings, I see no change in Mr. Merrell's behavior.  

I believe the pace of traffic has slowed to the level where moderation would not be onerous.


Rob Weir
Software Architect
Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
IBM Software Group

email: robert_weir@us.ibm.com
phone: 1-978-399-7122

Ben Baston ComputerPro "Serving Computer Users since 1988"

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