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Re: [tor-talk] Blocking Baseless Speculation



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.
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