[OPE] Behaviour on the list

From: Michael Webber <michaeljwebber@gmail.com>
Date: Fri Apr 22 2011 - 19:45:23 EDT

To all subscribers:

This week, Jurriaan Benden unsubscribed from the OPE-list. We shall miss
his provocative, forthright, frequent, and commonly interesting and
informative postings.

Nevertheless, the Administrative Committee of the list has been considering
whether to proceed against him, with a view to suspending or discontinuing
his membership. The grounds were his abusive and (last week) racist
comments to other members of the list.

Let us reiterate:
1 the OPE-l will not tolerate personal abuse against members of the list
(what is sometimes called flaming). Such behaviour discourages other members
from participating in the list.
2 the OPE-l will not tolerate racist expression, against either members of
the list or people at large. Such expression is outside the bounds of
civilised behaviour.

The Administrative Committee encourages all members to participate,
regularly, in a friendly and comradely exchange; it encourages debate; it
does not seek to silence dissent. But the Committee is concerned that
members treat each other courteously.

On behalf of the Administrative Committee,
Michael Webber

Michael Webber
Professorial Fellow
Department of Resource Management and Geography
The University of Melbourne
Mail address: 221 Bouverie Street, Carlton, VIC 3010
Phone: 0402 421 283
Email: mjwebber@unimelb.edu.au

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