[RC5] Lotteries are a bad idea.

Skip Huffman SHuffman at Atl.Carreker.Com
Tue Mar 17 07:34:17 EST 1998


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I hate to do this because of the effect on signal/noise, but I feel
that it needs to be said.

I think that a throw in a dollar|euro|peso|franc|yen|kopek|mark into
the pool contest is a bad idea.  For a bunch of reasons, that I will
not iterate here.

Unfortunately mailing lists sometimes are a democracy of the most
vocal and the pro-lottery folks are being vocal.  So I have a simple
proposistion.

If you oppose a d.net lottery for any reason, reply to this message,
to the list, with the same subject "Lotteries are a bad idea" leaving
the body of the message *blank*.  That way everyone can see the
opposition to this idea, (or lack thereof) just by reading subject
lines.

If you want to discuss the issue, please change the subject line,
perhaps to "Discussion: Lotteries are a bad idea."  or "Skip is an
idiot: Lotteries are a bad idea".


I am not going to read any reply with the "Lotteries are a bad idea"
subject, so if you just want to make your opinion known, reply to
this.

Oh, if you are really paranoid and want everyone to know that it is
your vote, PGP sign your message, like I will this one.

Thanks,

Skip Huffman



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