Daniel Lepage on 2 Apr 2003 00:51:02 -0000

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Re: [spoon-discuss] Re: [Spoon-business] less judges

On Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at 04:30  PM, bd wrote:

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On Monday 31 March 2003 10:16 pm, Orc In A Spacesuit wrote:
Secondly, while something done privately doesn't necessarily mean it must stay secret, doing something privately does in fact suggest it is done in a manner that excludes others. Dave can blab it all he wants after he
gets it, but sending something to him privately would seem to suggest
it's not sent to anyone else.

Yes, and it excludes everyone who isn't subscibed to spoon-discuss. The
fact that the mail server blabs to all who want to 'listen' afterwards
doesn't change that.

That argument is specious and you know it. The mailserver is configured to do so, and everyone knows it. Otherwise the word 'privately' wouldn't apply anywhere - I could post votes to alt.games.dave.reads.this.group and get my
votes recognized (if Dave chove to read it ;)

If messages posted to alt.games.dave.reads.this.group were forwarded to Dave, then you could. Because a copy of your votes would appear in eir inbox.

Note that if they were just stuck in an archive, and you hoped that Dave would read said archive, that would not count - e would be calling up your votes from a website open to the public. It's the difference between putting a poster with your message on it in the coffee room, and printing a hundred copies of your message and sticking one in every professor's mailbox.


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