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Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Fri Nov 5 16:51:13 UTC 2010

Jesse Sheidlower wrote:

> The fact that Mr. Fiske does not otherwise contribute to the list, and
> that his views are opposed to those of most list members, might be the
> main issue here.

It isn't for me. Please take it that my objection is exactly as I stated.

> Since the quantity of such messages is not overwhelming (and they could
> be easily filtered out), and, as is usual, all recent such messages have
> already been overwhelmed by this very discussion about them, I'd say
> that we should just accept the occasional one and move on.

It's good to discuss such matters from time to time, even if only to re-
establish the ground rules. I would argue that Mr Fiske ought to have his
wrist figuratively slapped, even if gently. And the volume of discussion
on a topic can be a good marker of the level of interest.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words

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