[Coral-List] carbon offsetting AND slowing down

Mike Jankulak - NOAA Affiliate mike.jankulak at noaa.gov
Fri Jun 14 16:57:11 UTC 2019

Since you ask for a moderator's explanation, I'm happy to add my $0.02

The main reason the post was allowed was because Coral-List has no rule
against such things. What rules we have are listed on our information page,


Reading over that page again, I would have to say that the Coral-List
position on anonymity is that we do not have a position on anonymity.

Well, sort of. I mean, we do ask people to subscribe to the list before
posting, to avoid write-only announcements by people who will never see the
replies their message generates. In this case it is Gene who 'authored' the
post in question, and he is presumably reading followups with great
interest. From context one might make a guess that the anonymous writer is
also reading the list. So the write-only thing didn't seem to be a factor

If people feel strongly that this sort of thing shouldn't be allowed, I
would encourage them to email the moderators' account at <
coral-list-owner at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>. We're always happy to get feedback
from the subscribers. If there's enough pushback we could conceivably add a
new rule to cover this situation. I think in general, for an online
community like ours, fewer rules is better. But we undoubtably need some
rules, and we occasionally add new ones.

I hope that answers the question!

Mike J+, coral-list mod team

On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 12:29 PM Karl Fellenius via Coral-List <
coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:

> I'm not a regular poster but I've been on coral list since the late 90s.
> Never have I seen an anonymous posting on the list. In my view - no matter
> the importance of the content, anonymous postings have no place on any
> serious list and I would hope that our moderators do not allow such things
> to continue going forward. Based on the vigorous debate seen on a number
> of
> topics on coral list that are always clear as to the sender, I don't see
> why
> 'bullied into silence' should somehow be seen as a excuse for anonymity.
> If the moderator can explain coral list's position on anonymity it would
> be
> appreciated. Some anonymity nested within a larger post might be o.k., but
> in this case it was anonymous in its entirety. I recognize its not always
> an
> easy distinction.
> Though please carry on the discussion.
> Karl
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