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Re: [tor-talk] Blocking Baseless Speculation



On 03/07/2015 01:19 PM, Libertas wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 07, 2015 at 01:10:32PM -0700, Mirimir wrote:
>> On 03/07/2015 11:28 AM, Libertas wrote:
>>> On Sat, Mar 07, 2015 at 09:40:59PM +0800, Virgil Griffith wrote:
>>>>> If a list stops fulfilling these criteria, people like us unsubscribe,
>>>>> leaving the list to its inevitable decline,
>>>>> destined to join the ever-lengthening roll of moribund, flame-filled
>>>>> lists that no longer exist or have ceased > to serve any useful function on
>>>>> the net.
>>>>
>>>> I personally support more aggressive blocking of mad tinhatters.
>>>>
>>>> -V
>>>
>>> Seconded. Allowing people to question the project is important, but the
>>> loonyism that we've had recently distracts people and drowns out
>>> legitimate discussion.
>>
>> OK, but who defines "legitimate"? A decade ago, much of what Snowden has
>> revealed was only brought up by "mad tinhatters".
>>
>> It's fine to block doxxers, spammers, and so on.
> 
> Yeah, I was struggling with that too. At the risk of being
> disrespectful, I think that "legitimate" can probably be defined as
> "containing some technical understanding and rigor, and not apparently a
> product of paranoid schizophrenia or a related disorder". I'm not sure
> that we should block anything, but this dilemma is worth discussing
> because it's a chronic problem on most popular security-related mailing
> lists.

I concur with your definition of "legitimate". On the other hand, some
of the paranoid rambling is amusing, and some even leads to productive
reflection. The rest, I ignore.
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