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RE: st: New rules


From   "Schaffer, Mark E" <M.E.Schaffer@hw.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: New rules
Date   Wed, 3 Feb 2010 10:54:44 -0000

Umm... I think Marcello's posting to the list has all the details of the new policy, no?

I too was very unhappy about the whole business.  I am sure Marcello considered alternative solutions before settling on this one in particular.  But ex ante screening of membership is labour-intensive (Eric's first point), makes the list less open (my point), and may not stop the problem from happening again (Eric's second point).  Personally, I would have opted for ex post banning for bad behaviour instead of ex ante screening.

Just my 0.02, as they say.  I freely admit that it's easy to kibbitz from the sidelines, and that if I knew what Marcello knows, I could reach the same conclusion as he did.

--Mark

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu 
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of 
> Martin Weiss
> Sent: 03 February 2010 10:31
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: AW: st: New rules
> 
> 
> <> 
> 
> 
> Wait a minute before you torpedo a policy whose details you 
> do not know yet!
> The bleeding had to be stopped! Remember, we were down to 
> nationalities and mother tongues as arguments! 
> 
> 
> 
> HTH
> Martin
> 
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von 
> Schaffer, Mark E
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 3. Februar 2010 11:25
> An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Betreff: RE: st: New rules
> 
> Marcello,
> 
> My reaction was similar to Eric's.  Making Statalist less 
> open, even if ever so slightly, may not be worth it if events 
> like these happen only once every decade or so.
> 
> --Mark
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> > [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of DE SOUZA 
> > Eric
> > Sent: 03 February 2010 09:47
> > To: 'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'
> > Subject: RE: <POSSIBLE SPAM>st: New rules
> > 
> > Dear Marcello,
> > 
> > Does it happens often enough for you to spend so much time on it 
> > screening new applicants?
> > 
> > Eric
> > 
> > 
> > Eric de Souza
> > College of Europe
> > BE-8000 Brugge (Bruges)
> > Belgium
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> > [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Marcello 
> > Pagano
> > Sent: 02 February 2010 22:32
> > To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> > Subject: <POSSIBLE SPAM>st: New rules
> > 
> > Dear Listers,
> > 
> > My apologies for allowing the tenor of the list to degrade.  
> > We have now made a change to see if we can stop this from happening 
> > again.  For those currently on the list the change will not 
> affect you 
> > other than you will possibly experience an improved tenor.  New 
> > subscribers will have to go through a screening process 
> that will add 
> > time, hopefully less than a day, before they can subscribe. The 
> > screening process is designed to keep some, hopefully very 
> few, people 
> > out.
> > 
> > Thank you all for your patience while we cleared this mess 
> up. Let us 
> > hope things revert to normal where the worst we should expect is a 
> > scolding from Nick.
> > 
> > Keep on listing!
> > 
> > m.p.
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