Date: 01-09-91 12:16
From: Michelle Hass
Subj: The New ELINKPOL (v. 2.5 1/91)
PID: RA 0.04 241
EARTHLINK POLICY STATEMENT RELEASE 2.5, Part 1 of 1
(this is a minor revision of ELINKPOL Release 2)
EarthLink was originally started as an echo for those interested in
Shamanism, Native Religion, Shamanic Neo-paganism, Indigenous Peoples
issues and Ecological concerns in 1988. It started on TahutiNet BBS in
Eagle Rock, CA, and continued to originate from there until 1989, where
its base of operations moved to Cassandra-News BBS in Lakeview Terrace,
CA. Right now the physical hub of the echo is Mysteria BBS in Tujunga,
however the administrative hub is The Shoal Point in Pacoima, CA.
The point's address is 1:102/943.42, and any netmail can be forwarded
through my boss node, 1:102/943.
Around the Spring Equinox of 1990, the founder and moderator of the
Magicknet Trio decided to call it quits. A new infrastructure for the
three echoes was quickly built, primarily by Paul Seymour. The echoes,
however, have never quite fully recovered from the crushing blow of Brad
Hicks' departure. They are now the domain of ad hominem attacks and even
some religious bigotry. In contrast, EarthLink survived even a
sabbatical by me when I was pondering some personal spiritual choices.
It remains a relatively slow echo, however, it is still solid.
Change was attempted. I decided to open EarthLink to "Classic
Magicknet" style topics, both magickal and mundane. EarthLink did not
wind up supplanting the dying Trio, but will continue to support these
topics and others germane to the purposes of the echo. My thanks again
are extended to Paul Seymour, whose "Magick Backbone" or P.O.D.S. has
doing a fantastic job in keeping the feeds going and reliable.
The ground rules of EarthLink can be summed up in a few simple
responsibilities, on my end, on your end, and on your SysOp's end.
To keep the echo lively with a flow of news bulletins and topic
To not be too heavy handed and to let people speak as they will if they
To be a good example by following all User and SysOp rules;
And to be a calm referee should disputes arise.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS A USER:
To keep malice and rancor out of posts;
To debate, but not attack;
To persuade, but not proselytize;
To be polite, even when disagreeing;
And never, never to flame.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES IF YOU ARE A SYSOP:
To be a good example to the users on your board by maintaining the same
standards set forth for Users;
Know those whom you give access to EarthLink;
To be vigilant if abuse is going on on your end and to deal with it
And to never abuse the power of being a SysOp by throwing your weight
around for strictly personal reasons.
If these simple, common sense responsibilities are met, then things
should be cool. It all boils down to that old saw, "An It Harm None,
Do What Ye Will".
If we keep that in mind, EarthLink should be a wonderful place to
discuss things as an extended electronic Circle.
Michelle Hass, Moderator
* Origin: Mysteria - Tujunga, Ca 818-353-8891 (1:102/943.0)