Posted by SLS on September 28, 2004, at 8:07:11
In reply to Re: limit of 3 consecutive posts, posted by AuntieMel on September 27, 2004, at 23:23:14
> > I reviewed several boards here, and found a relatively few instances where 4 or more consecutive posts were submitted.
> If it really happens very few times then the rule would be applied rarely.
This is a good thing, right?
> But you say it is not personal. Lou happens to use this posting style. You say that the rule will be applied fairly (theory), but Lou is the only one that the new rule (practice).
How many people here have commited murder?
> In fact, you have already listed at least two exceptions to the rule - the replies to multiple posters (Susan's case) and the meltdown case (Dinah's case). What happened to 'rules is rules' and no exceptions??
Perhaps we should let things settle down a bit without forcing the moderator to take further actions that would only create more upset? Flexibility here would seem prudent.
> And you say don't take it personal? It seems to me that this rule is designed for one person.
I think it was designed for any person. Any person could have posted 100 consecutive posts. The proscription of murder was designed for any person, not one person.
> This ONLY came up because of Lou's
This might be a fact, but it is not Lou's fault that the system allowed for a posting behavior that could be disruptive. I am sure there are many people who did not find Lou's behavior thusfar to be disruptive. It is not about him. It is about a potential for abuse. I personally found that 10 or more consecutive posts submitted multiple instances on the same page was disruptive.
I didn't go so far as to develop a plan to address the lack of checks and balances in the posting policy regarding numbers of posts. However, I think Dr. Bob's solution is reasonable, effective, and easily implemented. Some threshold had to be chosen. 3 posts seems to work based upon the infrequency of 4 or more posts having thusfar been submitted.