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November 1994, Week 5


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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 30 Nov 1994 12:54:12 CST
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As faithful SCREEN-L readers will recall, I started moderating SCREEN-L on
November 4, 1994.  Now that almost four weeks have passed I figure it's
time to evaluate this experiment and I'm hereby soliciting your opinions.
I've removed the moderating deal from SCREEN-L; we're wide open again.  All
messages sent to [log in to unmask] will be posted.
I'll probably toss a few of my own opinions into the mix, but this message
is mostly an informational one.
Based on your comments, I hope to reach a consensus about whether we should
continue as a moderated list or return to the old, free-style format.
What moderating means is that all messages sent to SCREEN-L are sent to me
first.  I read them and then, if they are appropriate for SCREEN-L, I
forward them to the list.  I'll send a copy of the rejection criteria I
used in a separate message.
During this trial moderating period, there were:
        385     Messages submitted to SCREEN-L for posting
         52     Messages rejected
        333     Messages forwarded to the membership
Thus, there was a kill rate of about 14% (13.50649%, for those with an eye
for precision).
All rejected messages were stored in a text file called KILL NOTEBOOK and
indexed in a file called KILL NOTEINDX.  If you're curious about what was
cut, you can access these files through two methods:
1.  Request them from [log in to unmask]
Do not send mail to [log in to unmask]  *Do* send mail to
[log in to unmask] and put the following in the first lines of your
get kill notebook
get kill noteindx
Both files will be sent to you via normal e-mail channels.  (You don't have
to use FTP or anything like that.)  'Course you could just request one file
at a time.
KILL NOTEBOOK is roughly 130k (2,546 lines) and may fill up your e-mail
2.  Point your World Wide Web browser to:
Since the messages in KILL NOTEBOOK are sorta raw data there's quite a bit
of junk in the file.  Each message begins with the addressing header and a
paragraph intended for the moderator.  Looks like this:
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Subject: Re: CFP: Materialist Feminism (Arggh!)
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  Jeremy Butler                                  [log in to unmask]
  SCREEN-L Coordinator                         [log in to unmask]
  Telecommunication & Film Dept. * University of Alabama * Tuscaloosa