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Re: [Phys-L] Phys-l and the scope of content

Hi Dan and John,

As I feared earlier, a thread on Phys-L has turned personal. I don't mind
stepping in to remind people the purpose of the list. While I do think a
lively debate of a political issue should be allowed from time-to-time, I'm
not happy to see attacks become personal. I do worry that too much of this
will cause some to unsubscribe.

Something I can offer is a side mail list where these things can be
discussed ad nauseum. Any thoughts regarding this?


On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 10:55 AM Daniel MacIsaac <>

Hay Mark, my family and I are ok. I hope the same for you and yours.
And John and the Denkers.

If we are not going to boot people, then we ignore it I guess.

While plenty of stupid and outlandish stuff has been said this time,
none of it appeared to me to be directly racist or myogynist, before I
deleted it
at pretty high speed. The direct stuff is what sets me off. And folk
might get there yet.

I would point out that booting 1-2 folk only would “fix’ this, but
maybe I need racist and misogynist acquaintances for immunological

Take care, Dan M

On Feb 8, 2021, at 16:46, Mark Kimball <> wrote:

Hi Dan,

I trust all is well with you and your family.

It appears that Phys-L is descending again into a bit of a discussion
regarding politics that are outside of physics education or even physics
itself. I've not formalized my thoughts on if and how much to allow on
Phys-L. Do you have any thoughts, concerns, or opinion on this topic?