On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 15:54, N B Day <nbday(a)charter.net> wrote:
1. Prohibit signatures longer than four or five lines.
Not possible to enforce. Many posters here send messages from work
email accounts... which for reasons only explainable to lawyers have 8
to 20 line (or even more in some rare cases) signatures warning all
sorts of silly legal stuff. Do you prohibit them from posting?
2. Require that posts be signed with a real name.
Not possible to enforce. I can make up any name I want... I'm Charles
Eppendorf 3rd, Esq. See.. easy.
3. Allow only brief positive statements of personal
belief or ideology;
prohibit attacks on other beliefs or ideologies and personal attacks.
So... what happens if I find it offensive that someone posts their
personal beliefs in Christianity. Do they still have the right to use
bible verses in their signature?
My point being... the oS lists are very open, and very public.
Setting rigid rules like no this, or no that is just a waste of time.
Look, for example, at the guideline about top-posting, bottom posting,
trim and quote on the oS mailing lists... This guideline is there, and
has been around for a long time, yet there are people who insist on
top posting, or will always full quote the entire post they are
replying to just to say "me too". That same ignoring of a guideline
for signature lines will be ignored by those who don't care, don't
know, or simply feel it's their right to preach whatever ideology they
believe in to everyone.
The person mentioned somewhere up this thread who
posts Bible verses has
never attacked any other religion, he just very politely advocates for
his own. I don't think anybody finds this offensive.
Some do. I've seen these signature lines mails on many lists, and
some people do take offense and ask the person to stop (they rarely do
stop posting Bible verses even when requested).
What's the right answer here? Is there one?
I would guess that Ricardo's suggestion is probably the best... ask
that all people subscribing to oS mailing lists please refrain from
using *any* personal signatures at all (this leaves it clear for
people posting from business accounts who have no control over the
signature attached to their emails).
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