Matthew Britton wrote:
Limiting the number of messages an individual is
permitted to post will
only prevent active, honest individuals being insightful or helpful once
they have used up their quota. If someone really wants to make
themselves heard, they will simply subscribe multiple addresses to the
list and continue posting. Only those who play by the rules will lose out.
If it is a social norm, like normal Wikipedia social norms, it can be
roughly flexible enough to prevent either of those problems.
I think a policy of 1 or 2 posts a day, adhered to as a social norm,
will make it possible for active, honest, insightful, thoughtful good
people to be *more* heard. What we have right now is a small number of
people (and only by chance I was not among them this month, I am surely
an offender myself in the category of latching onto a thread and
discussing it far beyond the point of positive returns!)... a small
number of people making a disproportionate number of posts.
Fewer posts, less repetitive, and more quality, would be a good thing.
And, as a social norm, it can be fine to go over it now and then by
accident or in good faith.
And violating it by subscribing multiple addresses? Unlikely. Pick out
for yourself whoever you think is the worst poster to this list.
Doesn't matter who it is, just whoever you think is the worst. Is that
person likely to sockpuppet to speak more on the list? To subscribe
multiple addresses and rules lawyer over what the idea of keeping a lid
on the quantity really means?
I don't think so. There are people who post to this list, some in large
volume, who I think add little more than confusion, misleading
pseudoinformation, and general hateful nonsense. But I can't imagine
any of them being so violative of social norms that they would resort to
tactics like that just to be able to post a dozen times in a day.
No offense intended, but this is really a very
bad idea. I mean, what's
next, limiting the number of edits people can make to the wikis?
Wiki, as a medium, is very different from the mailing list, as a medium.
So I don't know that the analogy holds.
To be clear, what is being considered "a post"? If you ask a question,
respond, then you respond, then I respond - does that constitute my 2 posts
for the day?