In pursuit of a more stream lined operation (read, "less time consumed daily by the list manager!") I will start a few automatic procedures that are important to note..
1. I notice that there are a half dozen or so folks who routinely send messages to the CR list who are using non-member e-mail addresses or who are not members at any address, perhaps reading the CR list from the archives and then responding.... This requires me, in each instance, to go to the CR list host site, open the editing program, read through all the held messages, approve or decline the messages and finally update the database. This is a pain in the posterior.. So, from this point onward, I will approve only messages from bonafide members. If you would like to participate in the list, you must join up. All other messages will be discarded.
2. Apparently some members are not attending to their e-mail accounts, the mail boxes fill, and the messages "bounce." That in turn, fills my mailbox with a notice of every message that bounces. In the last 24 hours I received something like 50 bounce notices, each as a separate e-mail.
To avoid all this work cue to these members inattention to their accounts, I will automatically remove those members after 24 hours of bounced messages. Those who have trouble managing their accounts should consider receiving the digest form. If you are going on vacation or away from the computer access , you can elect "Disable mail delivery." Turn this on if you want mail to not be delivered to you for a little while.
I have copied below the e-mail addresses that have been bouncing for a day now:
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
3. I am adopting a "no tolerance" position on negative posts and serious off topic messages. I must admit to being "riled" more than once recently by flagrant misuse of member privileges In every case, I would bet that the offending message sender had an excellent pre-knowledge that they were crossing the line.. Yet they still couldn't exercise good judgement before posting those messages! I then must write & warn them of the consequences, frequently resulting in having them in turn debate, enter into spurious talk about censorship (!) and begin a belligerent discourse on the list. That now will end with this new approach, as I will simply delete them from membership. No fuss, no muss.
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