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Re: Retraction

On 8 Aug 2002 at 17:13, Robert Collins wrote:

> On Thu, 2002-08-08 at 16:56, Paul Derbyshire wrote:
> <snip>
> Chris,
>     It appears that the flame fest is still festering. 

The message you're following up wasn't a flame, was it? Was there an 
uncivil word outside the quoted material? Hmm?

> I really hesitate to ask this, but can we set a deadline, effective from
> your reply to this email (should you reply, and it being affirmative),
> and any emails continuing the flame fest sent after that point result in
> a ban on the individual sending the email (with appropriate headers
> inspected for forging, of course). 

Terrible idea. What if someone posts a defamatory message against me 
that squeaks in just under the deadline? It will leave me no 
capability to reply in my own defense,  save using a throwaway 
Hotmail account, and people will question the credibility of a 
defense coming from a different (and easily created) address than my 
normal one. The danger of an unfair outcome for one innocent user is 
too great IMO.

Since 24 hours have gone by without a single new uncivil posting, I 
think we have reason to hope it's over regardless.

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