Ah here I am. I am “the list owners of the lists on which I was posting were getting annoyed with me for failing to stick to what they saw as the topic”

Ah here I am. I am “the list owners of the lists on which I was posting were getting annoyed with me for failing to stick to what they saw as the topic”

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“Kolya Wolf suggested that I should change the name of my journal to Taking Children Seriously and change its focus accordingly. This, I did.

Soon after that, I got on the internet (such as it was in those days) and started discussing TCS ideas on usenet and mailing lists. Eventually, after finding that the list owners of the lists on which I was posting were getting annoyed with me for failing to stick to what they saw as the topic, I decided to start my own list.

Everyone told me that it was a terrible idea to start my own list. Friends on the usenet newsgroups and discussion lists where I was posting suggested that there was no market for a new list, and that no one would join it. They couldn’t understand why I was not happy just to keep posting on the existing forums as I had been doing. David Deutsch refused to have anything to do with the new list, saying that it would never work, because parents tend to dislike criticism of their child-rearing.

But with the help of a friend in America, Tim Starr, who kindly sponsored the list and took on the technical list management at the beginning, in 1994 I went ahead and started the TCS list anyway. I was sure that by creating a forum on which TCS ideas could be discussed, I would attract likeminded individuals, and thereby create a community of TCS people.

This is exactly what happened, and as a result, in 1996, to my great joy, David finally agreed to subscribe to the list and started participating.””

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