[Beowulf] moderation - was cpu's versus gpu's - was Intel buys QLogic

Kilian Cavalotti kilian.cavalotti.work at gmail.com
Wed Feb 1 04:04:56 EST 2012

On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 1:18 AM, Herbert Fruchtl
<Herbert.Fruchtl at st-andrews.ac.uk> wrote:
> 2) You need a moderator. It's quite some work, so it will only be done by somebody who gets some satisfaction out of it. This means that the job will attract exactly the kind of people who will not moderate neutrally and dispassionately. Even if they try, there's the fact that power corrupts. You're tempted to censor views that are too far from your own ("ludicrous" is the word you would use), and in the end you have an in-crowd confirming each other's views.

I so agree.

> If you really find somebody's views (and their presentation) objectionable, just killfile them (it's called "filter" in the 21st century). And if certain people think ad hominem attacks help their case, ignore them instead of thinking you can look dignified in taking them on in their own game. You won't.

Right. Simply ignoring posts from people you don't want to read about
is not so taxing, and it's also the best way to keep trolling attacks
at a reasonable level. There's probably a dozen ways to automatically
filter them, the easier one being the old faithful eyeball grep, which
can match a sender's name way before your conscious brain can realize

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