Posted by Dinahmari on September 30, 2004, at 16:08:43
In reply to Re: Alternate proposals, and alternate choices » Dinahmari, posted by alesta on September 30, 2004, at 12:44:07
Well, clearly I don't have a problem with frequent posters or I wouldn't be one. :) I had always rather thought they were a *good* thing, or again, I would have self censored myself.
But Dr. Bob has stated that he doesn't want less frequent posters to be cramped by more frequent ones. And that he wishes to implement rules to encourage less frequent posters to post more by encouraging more frequent posters to post less. I don't quite understand the rationale for this particular incarnation of the rule, because this sort of posting behavior is not *the* type that interferes most with his stated goals. Indeed, he admits that it happens infrequently. So how it hinders less frequent posters from posting more frequently is beyond me. But perhaps he will add more rules later to help the less frequent poster feel less constrained by more frequent posters.
My contribution is merely to suggest alternatives that automate the implementation of the rule so that one (and that one could well be me) is not publicly embarassed by being told by Dr. Bob that one is posting too much.
Of course, if I had my druthers, Dr. Bob's program would also scan posts for naughty words and put up reminders before you hit confirm so that nobody receives a PBC for inadvertanly forgetting to replace a letter with a *.
And my question is "Wouldn't it be better and more compassionate for the computer to tell one *before* one posts that one is over one's limit (whatever that limit may be) than to wait until after the fact to have Dr. Bob publicly point that out?"
The only reason I suggested the daily posting limit is that it might be hard for the computer to figure out this byzantine rule. It's hard for me to figure it out, count posts, try to figure out if I'm replying to different posters and am thus exempt, etc.