I realize you proposed some rules in an attempt to resolve
disagreements. A priori not a bad idea, if the rules are
not rigid. One of the things you wrote is: " I say that we agree up
front that the people who choose to participate speak for the whole
list. Anyone who disagrees, say so up front. No second guessers."
To me that's unacceptable. Only I can speak for myself. And
whether or not others on the listserv answer you is irrelevant, because
no mature person can willingly surrender the right to speak for