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

Politics should really never be allowed on this list as it always gets too
personal. And then people attack each other. That does not help any of us
become better physics teachers to our kids.

On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 2:03 PM Mark Kimball via Phys-l <> wrote:

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?


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