Dear all, Everyone knows that I admire and fully support Jerry's extraordinary work on OPE-L. Jerry has been carrying this heavy burden carefully and conscientiously for several years, and he deserves nothing but admiration for what he, and the list as a whole, have achieved, and will continue to achieve in the future. However, recent events show that Jerry has been put in a disadvantaged and very exposed position, and this is both unfair and wrong. In order to fulfil his multiple tasks as list co-ordinator and mediator, Jerry has been put in the impossible position of having to relate to all of us, both simultaneously and separately, at different levels at the same time. This may be one of the main reasons why Jerry is vulnerable to disagreement - even at a personal level - with good friends and comrades, even with risk to his own health (as he explained in a recent message). These are things that we can all live without, and Jerry neither needs nor deserves this type of aggravation. I would like to make a proposal, which I will do in good faith - I will also withdraw this proposal should Jerry or others object. In these matters, consensus is the only way forward. I think that the list would benefit if Jerry selected, or if we somehow chose, a very small number of people to help Jerry, Allin and Rakesh with different aspects of the management of the list. A measure of collective responsibility in day-to-day management would allow Jerry to maintain his involvement with the list while reducing the degree of his personal exposure, thus preserving his own work and life from any conflicts that may arise on OPE-L. Having said this, I want to reiterate that I fully support and admire Jerry's work. Moreover, this proposal is not meant to exclude anyone from anything - the idea is, rather, to allow everyone to feel *included* while, at the same time, reducing Jerry's own exposure and eliminating the personal aspect of the disagreements that we have experienced recently. Alfredo.
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