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>constantly spammed with off-subject e-mails I would spend >my entire day pressing the delete key. I have more >important things to do with my time. >> I respect your efforts on behalf of the people of Iraq, >>therefore, in the future if I am going to post something >>with a heart, I will mark it with a disclaimer which >>will alleviate you the consternation of reading it, Suggestion. Note the header is marked !OT -- off-topic. Since this message might be helpful to the list, it is nonetheless not about Iraq, per se. If we all include the !OT at the beginning of the header of a message which may be related but not strictly on topic this might be a partial solution -- at least for now -- since such posts can be very quickly ignored or deleted. A more permanent solution would be to either pass such messages to a "private address book" (marked !OL for off list so it's easy to see the reply should not to the list?), or open an alternative list for the more meandering posts, or those not of direct and immediate concern pertaining to Iraq (such as throwing Bush into jail) -- an action taken by 2 of the other lists I'm on: this is a common problem in lists. (Personally, I'd want to see what anyone chooses to post -- at least to archive for future searchs on various topics.) It is even possible to have a series of codes such as !CIq for conditions in Iraq such as water and munitions, !PolC for political conditions such as with the council and Bremmer's policies, !GenP for the general politics, including UN, US and UK developments, !AN for announcements of meetings and demonstrations, !INS for inspirational, and so forth / whatever. This would enable people to priortize their reading (and easily sort by subject). These codes could be invented on the fly, explained in the first few posts. We and the internet in general will have to develop some sort of system for indexing and managing information to keep from being swamped (and to keep up with the full-time government propagandists). Seem workable? Acceptable? Proposals? Better than people being frustrated? It seems to me that we here should be highly concerned with transforming differences of opinion to working solutions and consensus -- the essence of peace. "86 43 2004" ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today! _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk