Respectful discourse in list posts

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Fri Nov 13 1998 - 08:59:05 EST

<x-rich>I deeply regret that I did not immediately call attention to the
violation of list Netiquette in the comment which I cite from a post a
week ago today. Members need to understand that this is a prima facie
violation of B-Greek Netiquette and why; although the comment is not
directed against an individual, it is perhaps the worse in that it's
directed at a whole group. Continued violations of this policy will be
met with removal from the list membership.

> ... I've spent

>time with (...)s ...nice, sincere folks, but spoon-fed.

>From the FAQ sent out to all new subscribers and posted (more or less)
once every three months on the list:

D. Netiquette:

     1. Respectful discourse: Those who participate in the conference
represent a wide range of theological and denominational perspectives,
perhaps even including some whose interests are purely academic. Deep
religious convictions surely characterize many, perhaps most, of the
list-participants, and some of these convictions bear directly upon how
the Biblical text is to be understood. At the core of our discussion,
however, is not what our convictions are but what the Greek text may
legitimately be understood to mean. If discussion of this nature is to
succeed, proper respect and courtesy to other list members is
important. While scholarly debate, including disagreement, is
encouraged as a goal of this conference, attacks upon the character,
intelligence, or faith of those participating are not acceptable.
Criticism must focus upon the arguments of others; it may not be
directed to the individual. Those who violate this policy will be
contacted politely by the B-Greek staff and requested to conform to
these guidelines. Those who continue to violate the policy will no
longer be welcome in the conference.

Carl W. Conrad

Co-Chair, B-Greek List

Department of Classics, Washington University

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