[Theforum] Inviting other people

Madhu Menon webguru at vsnl.net
Mon Nov 19 12:52:05 CST 2001

At 11:39 PM 11/19/2001, A. Erickson opined:
>How would we repair the damage (if we consider it such) of ten new
>articles each day if they are all crap? How do we lure back quality
>subscribers if our list turns into ranting newbies (recalling

Part 1)
Ten crap articles each day: This is simple. There are admin gods who go 
through the articles and evaluate their merit. This should eliminate total 
crud, and get articles up to at least an "average" level.
Could one of the admins please let us know how many (absolute or 
percentage) article submissions you've rejected in the past?

Part 2)
I'm not sure what "ranting newbies" do (since I've never witnessed it on 
thelist, and never was subscribed to MJ), but is that they post OT 
comments? If so, a gentle reminder (unlike the dictatorial ways of, cough, 
another list) seems to have worked well for us in the past, has it not?

Is it that they ask too many "newbie" questions? That's not a bad thing and 
we shouldn't position this list as some place where only the gurus can ask 
"advanced" questions. I was just chatting with Dan and he said that only 
ONE person has ever been kicked off thelist in 3 years, unlike *cough* 
other lists (right, Jeff? ;)

The way I see it, we now have 2500 members, and most of them are not 
newbies. Even if a few come in tomorrow, we can handle it. There's more 
than enough knowledge floating around and I don't see a real danger of 
thelist being overrun by ranting newbies.



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