Temlakos <temla...@gmail.com>, Sat, 27 Dec 2008 09:47:12 -0500:
Here's my tuppence:
For me the chief value of the 90/10 Rule is that it gives me an official
"pass" to allow trolls to rant and rave from now until the Rapture
without dignifying them with a response. "Please Do Not Feed the Trolls"
ought to be our watchword. I remember getting hot and heavy in debates
with AmesG, for example, and in retrospect I regard every word I wrote
on all those Talk pages as a waste of time. That I engaged in it was
only because I thought that I was expected to provide a defense.
The law, as Andy surely knows, is a troll's paradise. (At least, so it
is here in the States; I do not know whether the law is such a troll's
paradise in the Commonwealth.) Any troll can file a lawsuit and get an
Order to Show Cause, and if such an order is unanswered, a judgment will
be issued by default. AmesG is a student of the law, and was trying to
be a lawyer (read "barrister" in the Commonwealth), and in typical
lawyerly fashion (present company excepted, of course) was filing
"motion" after "motion" to "force" people to answer his arguments.
The 90/10 Rule means that we can always say, "Sorry, but our time is
proportionately limited, and your arguments aren't worth our time." Now
none can call us cowards for failing to respond, because we are under a
time limit. At the same time, the trolls risk blocking if they keep
repeating the same old, same old, and by implication try to suggest that
we have turned "chicken."
Let me share with you how Chris Ashcraft handles trolls: if they want to
argue the general principles of creation or origins, then he has created
two mailing-list forums just for that purpose:
CreationT...@yahoogroups.com, and OriginsT...@yahoogroups.com. He does
not allow any, repeat any, of the kind of pointless discussion that so
clogs our Talk pages, on /his/ Talk pages. Andy is being very generous
in continuing to allow such access to a class of users who will never
get into the spirit of the thing and are here to make trouble, and for
no other purpose. I'd suggest that the 90/10 Rule is a policy that those
in favor of "open access" might much prefer to the far more restrictive
policies at work on CreationWiki.