[LMB] LIST BIZ: What's a Pizza call? from the FAQ.

Karen A. Wyle kawyle at att.net
Tue Dec 17 15:52:32 GMT 2019

 Sylvia, thanks for posting the pizza rules! I don't even know where the FAQ is located, so this was very helpful.
Karen A. Wyle
    On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 10:49:27 AM EST, Sylvia McIvers <sylviamcivers at gmail.com> wrote:  
 Pizza is now 18 years old, and predates many listees.  And honestly, who
reads the FAQs?  So, here's what* a pizza call  *is, and how to use it.

*1. Someone called "pizza" on my last post! What do they mean? What should
I do?*

In December 2001, Marna Nightingale used "Pizza?" in a post as an example
of a polite way of saying, "No thanks, but I'd like to remain friends. Why
don't we get some pizza?" when a friend proposes sexual intimacy. "Pizza?"
was quickly adopted as a code word used to defuse a potentially heated
discussion without fault on either side, as in "Let's drop the subject and
stay friends."

A call of "Pizza?" indicates that the caller felt the language in a post or
posts was becoming inflammatory. Note that pizza is not to be called on a
*subject* preemptively (as in, "I think this is a dangerous subject to
discuss"). The actual language being used must be getting heated, or loaded
so that a heated exchange seems likely, or headed flameward. A post which
includes a pizza call should be so noted in the subject line, in addition
to the current subject. Pizza requests should not include content about the
subject, just the elements (a) this is a pizza call, and (b) a neutral
naming of the topic or a repeat of the problem thread's subject line, if
that uniquely identifies it.

* If three people call for pizza on a thread, list discussion of it should
cease immediately. Remember, however, that e-mail arrives erratically and
some people read the list in digest format, so a few posts may arrive after
three calls for pizza are made.*

If you feel that your comments were not, in fact, headed into a sensitive
area, it is recommended that you discuss this OFF-LIST with the people who
called pizza. If they agree the topic may be re-introduced to the list.
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