Dealing with unnecessary activities [Re: Address of ISO 3166 mailinglist]

Mark Crispin mrc at CAC.Washington.EDU
Thu Jun 5 00:54:25 CEST 2003

On Thu, 5 Jun 2003, William Overington wrote:
> I also wondered whether the country where the comment was made is a
> signatory of the European Convention of Human Rights.  Such documents are
> not just bits of paper for lawyers to discuss at seminars!

What on earth does the European Convention of Human Rights have to do with
an IETF mailing list discussing the assignment of language tags?

The implied threat in Mr. Overington's message is appalling.

This mailing list encompasses many people and places outside of Europe.
It is IETF-LANGUAGE, not EU-LANGUAGES.  Within this mailing list, the
European Convention of Human Rights is no more than a scrap of paper, with
no jurisdiction over the activities of this mailing list.

If Mr. Overington and Ms Gunn wish to discuss topics that are irrelevant
to this mailing list, perhaps the two of them should form their own
mailing list which would be dedicated to those topics.

-- Mark --
Science does not emerge from voting, party politics, or public debate.
Si vis pacem, para bellum.

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