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'Newsgroup vs email list'
1995\08\21@112055 by Don Wills

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Hello.  I read piclist via the piclist-digest.  I have learned a lot from it.

I firmly believe that piclist would be harmed by moving it to a newsgroup.
Here are the negatives of a newsgroup:

 Delays of posting - sometimes many hours or more
 Possible missing messages when on vacation (my news server keeps
   messages less than a week)
 Lower quality of postings
 More junk (spam) postings
 No digest capability

Please leave piclist the way it is.

Don Wills
Subject, Wills & Company

1995\08\21@141114 by Roger Books

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>
> Hello.  I read piclist via the piclist-digest.  I have learned a lot from it.
>
> I firmly believe that piclist would be harmed by moving it to a newsgroup.
> Here are the negatives of a newsgroup:
>
>   Delays of posting - sometimes many hours or more
>   Possible missing messages when on vacation (my news server keeps
>     messages less than a week)
>   Lower quality of postings
>   More junk (spam) postings
>   No digest capability
>
> Please leave piclist the way it is.
>

On the positive side:

 Threaded newsreaders
 killfiles
 doesn't DEMAND immediate attention.
 While the overall posting level may stay or be about the same, the posting
   level from those who are competant will go up as they won't feel guilty
   about large posts to a newsgroup.
 less chance of killing the /var/spool/mail directory, not a biggy for those
   of us on Unix boxes, but a PC may be a different story.

Roger

1995\08\21@190528 by darren

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In message  <spam_OUT9508211852.aa24395TakeThisOuTspampunt2.demon.co.uk>> PICLIST%.....MITVMA.BITNETKILLspamspam@spam@psuvm.psu.edu writes:

> I firmly believe that piclist would be harmed by moving it to a newsgroup.

Why not have the best of both worlds?

1) create a new *moderated* newsgroup
2) set the moderaters postbox alias to /dev/nul (to prevent posting to it)
3) subscribe the piclist via a mail2news server to that newsgroup
       IIRC alt.piclistspamKILLspammail2news.demon.co.uk on our newsserver.

Then, people who want to read the piclist as a newsgroup, can do so, but
to post to it, they must continue via email as before, those who want
to stay in the mailing list are unaffected.

Pests trying to spam the ng cannot do so as their messages go into the
bitbucket.

I'm not sure what the people in alt.config (or wherever) will think of this
though....... /dev/nul as a moderaters mbox, tut tut tut :)

Just my 2p worth....

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Regards,

Darren
.....darrenKILLspamspam.....nitebeat.demon.co.uk

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