Reasons for hall monitoring

James Antill james at
Sat May 8 05:33:28 UTC 2010

On Fri, 2010-05-07 at 20:05 +0100, Adam Williamson wrote:

> What worries me is that it was always my understanding, and I think the
> understanding of others, that the hall monitoring policy does not grant
> hall monitors the power to shut down threads they judge to be
> repetitive. My understanding is it should only grant them the power to
> shut down threads which violate the 'be excellent to each other' motto -
> i.e., it's about the civility of the discussion, not the subject matter.

 The thread was repetitive from a thread that had been shut down because
it had degenerated way past "be excellent to each other", and seemingly
was restarted explicitly to incite more flames, misinformation and
 The only thing I found objectionable was that it was allowed to last
_so_ _long_ before being killed. Hopefully, in the future, if a thread
is hall monitored the people who were the main reason it got out of
control won't be allowed to wait a few weeks, change the subject and
start it back up.

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