[time-nuts] Time Nuts Overload, part 2

Tom Van Baak tvb at LeapSecond.com
Sat Dec 20 09:29:22 EST 2014

Hi everyone,

In case you didn't notice -- for the past few days the list is in "moderation mode" -- where all posts are held for review.

No worries; we do this now and then. You may continue to post. It just means there will be some delay (minutes to hours) between when you hit send and when (if) it shows up on the list.

What's different this time is that off-topic or low content submissions may get lower priority. This should reduce the rate of replies and also encourage posting quality over quantity. The 40, 50, 90 posts per day we have seen of late is unsustainable. Members tune out. Members leave. Something had to change.

So one of the goals is getting back to just 10 or 20 interesting and informative time nuts postings per day; on a wider variety of topics; by a wider variety of members, old and new.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Van Baak" <tvb at LeapSecond.com>
To: "Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement" <time-nuts at febo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 1:34 AM
Subject: [time-nuts] Time Nuts Overload

> Hi everyone,
> The past couple of weeks or month it seems we've had a lot more traffic than usual.
> This is a reminder that there are 1300 of us and we look forward to rich content on this list.
> Postings that have little technical content, or are based on guessing, or are just one-liners, or are off-topic, or even rants are fine once in a while -- but when the list gets too busy, like it has recently, this sort of chatter drives good people away.
> Worse yet, it sets a really bad precedent for newcomers to the list, who might think this sort of casual content is normal, and then they mimic it. That's an exponential disaster in the making.
> We want to keep old-timers who value their time and we want to welcome new-comers to the wealth of experience, community, and deep information archives that this list offers. But because it's a mailing list and not a web forum, there must be restraint and focus on postings, and especially replies.
> So please do your part to keep the S/N really high.
> If you have questions on recent threads that I stopped, or postings that I rejected, or all the off-list emails that I sent this past week, please contact me directly.
> Also, if you have any suggestions on how else to solve this overload situation I'm all ears!
> Do not reply to this posting. Reply to me off-list. I'm at tvb at leapsecond.com
> Thanks,
> /tvb
> http://www.leapsecond.com/time-nuts.htm

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