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    Re: Navlist happening
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2010 Nov 23, 14:25 +1100
    George, if list-participants were liable to expulsion for being ornery and cantankerous old buggers with an unfortunate fondness for intemperate expression then you and I, and quite a few others as well, would have disappeared long ago.

    You know what they say about conspiracies:  If presented with a choice between conspiracy and stuff-up go for the latter, each and every time..

    On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 11:15 AM, George Huxtable <george@hux.me.uk> wrote:
    On 10 Nov 2010, in a posting in the thread "Graphs of lunar distances",
    Antoine commented, somewhat critically, on an earlier posting from Douglas
    Denny, starting-

    "Dear Douglas,

    In further reference to your post [NavList # 14207]dtd 25 Oct 2010, with a
    partial quotation given in the bottom of this post, I have observed -
    exactly as Frank kept pointing out for your recent Lunars in both this
    current "Luni-Solar Distance" thread as well as in the previous one "Graphs
    of Lunar Distances" - that the quality of your own Lunar observations is
    significantly better than your own feeling derived from your own
    computation results. ...."

    and so on.

    No response to Antoine came from Douglas, nor has there been any since.

    Up to  25 Oct, Douglas was actively contributing to three threads as

    "(ADMIN) Linked files vs Attached files, and a scam" on 25/10

    "Old question - need summary" on 25/10

    "Graphs of Lunar Distances" on 26/10.

    Some of that correspondence, involving Frank Reed, was then becoming
    increasingly acrimonious (on both sides).

    Since then, nothing has appeared on Navlist from the keyboard of Douglas
    Denny. From subsequent off-list contact with him, he tells me that since
    that date no postings from him, submitted to Navlist, have appeared.
    Neither he, nor Navlist members, have been informed that his postings have
    been deliberately blocked. No explanation has been given, if indeed they
    have been blocked. No specific offence, against any Navlist code, has been
    brought to his attention, or to ours. To Douglas, this seems to have been
    rather expected, and he does not appear to be particularly surprised, or
    perturbed. I take the matter somewhat more seriously than that, as
    reflecting on the governance of Navlist.

    On 28 /10, Frank Reed appears to have allowed himself the last word, in the
    thread "Graphs of lunar distance", at a time when any further response from
    Douglas had been blocked.


    Now, it's quite possible that there's a simple reason for all this, and
    some form of misunderstanding has occurred. I hope that's the case.

    But in my view Douglas, and Navlist members, are due for some sort of
    explanation about exactly what has transpired. Whether postings from a
    prolific member have been deliberately blocked, and if so, for what
    specific offence.

    Please note, that I do not necessarily approve of all Douglas Denny's
    turns-of-phrase in his correspondence, which have not always been
    well-chosen, in my view. The same applies to some postings from Frank Reed.

    I look forward to a response from Frank.


    contact George Huxtable, at george{at}hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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