Re: virus: Virian council and process

Brett Robertson (
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 22:01:48 -0500 (EST)

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I set up a list on egroups called "co-v". We have been provided with a database, folders, and a voting tool. I did this only to test how this idea might play out. Already I see one problem. I subscribed "" to receive copies of all polls created; but, because virus is a list rather than a person, I am not sure how the address "" can be subscribed to virus so that virus can accept such posts. If this cannot be done, then interested people can still subscribe to the voting group by going to:

or by sending a blank email to:

I have already set up a "test" vote so that I can gauge willingness to participate (both through subscriptions to the list and also through the casting of new member's votes on the test poll). Only members registered with the list can vote (I think... someone try this out). As it stands, I have to ok posts to the list and maybe even potential members... hmm, maybe I should change that for the testing phase? Comments?). As well, I think that I will turn the list over to another moderator (if someone wants that responsibility... and assuming that it is a useful idea; though, I will wait on that decision until the test phase is over).

Brett Lane Robertson
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MindRecreation Metaphysical Assn.
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At 01:24 PM 25/06/99 -0400 Sodom wrote:
>Ok guys - jump off the literally thinking band wagon for a second and get
>pragmatic. We are talking about brand new people - first posters. They say
>and i wanna vote, and they are there. We have had the occasional "You guys
>crazy - God is great" thing a few times, and we knew these people would
not last
>long. Some of us would sit back and watch, and others would jump in the
>frenzy. I'm suggesting that we let the newbies introduce themselves before
>voting. That is about a open as it can be, and includes everyone who wants
to be
>Beyond that though - Dan's Idea was better anyway. So that is where I am
>with it now - Especially if we are close to having everything we need
right now.
>Bill Roh

Bill, I was just in the middle of writing a reply to Herr Hermit when your post came in. It will take a while to write the reply to Carl, and in the mean time I wanted to address something that your comments touched on. I think it was Brett who mentioned something about a similar resource already in place on the net, ready to go. It doesn't have a few (quite critical) features that I had in mind (for other reasons), but I sounds like it has all the ingredients necessary for the size and current limited requirements of CoV.

I think it would be an interesting learning exercise, and a valuable test of some of the core concepts, if we were to use that ready-made resource for now. A lot of what has been posted lately on this topic seem like very good ideas and excellent resources, but it also seems to me that it might be putting the cart ahead of the horse as well. Why not set up the decision making aparatus, then use that to decide what saints you want CoV to promote (or even whether or not to adopt this feature)? That way, you can get a (limited) feel for the dynamics of such a system, as well as sort out the first CoV issues.