(1) It was pointed out to me Monday that a very large number of bytes of
traffic had occurred on this set of issues in the last few days, with a
very small number of people causing them. To those who have been
overwhelmed by the process, I, for one, would like to apologize. At the
same time, while it wasn't intentional, this exercise of public yelling
and screaming and ever-longer messages at least has the advantage of
documenting the discussion and the issues. Perhaps that will prevent a
recurrence of the perceived one-step-forward, two-steps-back behavior
that a few of us perceived happened in Atlanta.
(2) Ned's compromise. I think we need to quibble about details, but I
have no fundamental problems with it. I would like to see some
proposals about some of those details. I'd also like to see some of the
people who spoke up in Atlanta but have been silent (overwhelmed?
disgusted?) here indicate whether there are properties of this that do
not meet their needs and why. If the yellers-and-screamers of the last
week or two have really reached some sort of agreement among ourselves,
would it be useful to indicate that to the list, as I'm trying to do
here, and then try a little silence for a few days or a week to let some
of the others assimilate things and comment on them?
My contribution is to try to set a "for me, recently" short-message