This is one of the funniest arguments to me that gets made. We are so sure that our little lists and forums are so important that we must protect them from any nonsense. The same argument is used by those who keep stoking the flames because they have been wronged in a public forum and so must set the record straight in that same forum...
Seriously, this whole thing was sent to a couple thousand peoples mailboxes. An unknown percentage of them were amused by it, an unknown percentage totally ignored it, and a few are so offended by it that they had to jump into the fray or start side conversations about how awful the whole thing is. I'm guessing that probably less than a hundred people out of the billions there are in the world fall into that last category.
Personally I'm in the amused category... kinda like watching a reality tv show you really know you shouldn't be enjoying but you do anyway
> Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 11:06:54 -0700
> From: email@example.com
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [EVDL] Leaving the evdl
> Hi Folks,
> While I greatly respect the opinions many people have on this group, I
> have to agree with the decision made by the moderator. If this messages
> on this list were only stored in email, it might be ok - the delete key
> would work quite well. The problem is that this list is stored on at
> least one website (e.g. DIY Electric Car Forum), and those email will be
> there forever (in internet terms that is).
> We need to remember that all of our communication is seem in a wider
> context than just your email application. Civility and decorum are a
> Thanks for your time.
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