'The purpose OF a mailing list (was: "THE PURPOSE W'
|Glenn Johansson <MITVMA.MIT.EDU> wrote: PICLIST
> It is obvious that 80% of the people who are posting to PICLIST
> don't know what types of messages belong in a mailing-list.
> The purpose of a mailing list: to send...
> 1) new information regarding the mailing list subject
> 2) important, difficult and intelligent questions regarding the
> mailing list subject
Looking through the PICLIST archives, I see that -- excluding this
message -- you've posted five messages to the PICLIST in the last
By your criteria, two of the five -- one was a feeble attempt at
humor and the other told where one could find sat-TV hacking
programs on the net -- were inappropriate for posting to this
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
> A mailing list should generally have no more than a couple of
> messages per day, at the most.
There are about 1200 PICLIST subscribers and 365 days in a year,
so that means that if we were to limit the number of messages to
two per day, each of us gets to post one message every 19 months.
> Who would want to receive his morning newspaper article by article
> in hundreds of envelopes addressed to him personally?
You're right; not many people would want that. Fortunately,
you're not the first person to notice this problem; if you want
to receive an entire day's worth of PICLIST postings in one
e-mail message (just like a newspaper), you can subscribe to the
"digest" version of the list.
Instructions are in the "welcome" letter that you received when
you first subscribed.
=== Andrew Warren - ix.netcom.comfastfwd
=== Fast Forward Engineering, Vista, California
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