[ RadSafe ] Please do not feed the trolls...

North, David DNorth at Lifespan.org
Wed Jul 16 12:31:26 CDT 2008

I think that limiting posts from any one contributor to a few per day (2 > 4?) would be a good idea.

David L. North, Sc.M., DABR
Associate Physicist
Medical Physics
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Rhode Island Hospital
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dnorth at lifespan.org

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> From: 	radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl on behalf of Carl Willis
> Reply To: 	Carl Willis
> Sent: 	Wednesday, July 16, 2008 13:31
> To: 	radsafe at radlab.nl
> Subject: 	[ RadSafe ] Please do not feed the trolls...
> RADSAFE is a great technical resource, and on the occasions that I have participated here I have been rewarded with well-informed, helpful responses.
> However, the list has a real problem with focus--evidenced most clearly by an inability to deal with trolls.  These tend to be "policy trolls" who want to bicker about the political issues relating in some way to radiation.  Actually, the problem is not so much the trolls themselves but the few loudmouths who feel they are duty-bound to engage the provocations.  I appreciate Marcel's attempts to shut down low-information / off-topic threads.  Nonetheless, our signal-to-noise ratio has been abysmal!
> The rules say the list is "open to all points of view on radiation protection issues."  That's as it should be, of course.  Nonetheless, I think we ought to have a statement right on top declaring the focus of RADSAFE to be the objective and technical aspects of radiation protection and discouraging the political repartee.  On this forum, the political stuff tends to be low-information and flagrantly trollish.  No doubt policy is important, but I think there are other venues more appropriate.  If the policy trolls think they've got cogent, well-informed arguments, I'd suggest they write diaries on one of the major political blogs, where this stuff is in its element and can be better judged on its merits.
> -Carl Willis
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