From: Colm Buckley (colm at domain tuatha.org)
Date: Mon 25 Jun 2001 - 17:34:23 IST
On Monday 25 June 2001 17:28, you wrote:
>> [...] I am *unwilling* to make the list a subscribers-only affair;
>> it's been publicly touted for a long time now as "the place where
>> you can come to get help about Linux", and new user's first
>> experience of the list being "you are not a member. goodbye." won't
>> do us any good at all.
> Really, it _is_ 2001, and essentially all mailing lists do the
> canonical three-way handshake to join participants. [...] The
> notion that people might find this unusual, at this point,
> is... surprising.
Hah. You'd be *amazed* at the cluelessness of the general populace.
I've had people approach me (at places like eXpo) and explain the most
peculiar and surprisingly-trivial problems to me regarding their
attempts to get onto the ILUG site, or the list. I don't want to make
management of the list any more complex for *me*, and I don't want to
make access any more complex for *them*. If we've been saying (as we
have) "Got a Linux problem? Mail ilug at domain linux.ie for help.", then I
don't want to suddenly start turning people away at the door on
account of the occasional spam message.
> [...] I try to take pity on the less-sophisticated list-members, and
> block that rubbish from making it through my mailing lists. It's
> partly a pride-of-workmanship issue. And, besides, it'd be really
> annoying to have spam marring my list archives. So, take the
> obvious measures to prevent it.
... and now he says my list maintenance is shoddy workmanship.
For what it's worth, I *do* take the obvious measures to prevent it.
However, I'm unwilling to take measures which prevent Joe User from
being able to send My First Linux Question to what is, after all, an
excellent resource for answers to such questions.
-- Colm Buckley at domain NewWorld Commerce Business: +353 1 4334334 / colm at domain nwcgroup.com / http://www.nwcgroup.com/ Personal: +353 87 2469146 / colm at domain tuatha.org / http://www.tuatha.org/~colm/ I will always cherish the inital misconceptions I had about you.
This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.6 : Thu 06 Feb 2003 - 13:10:51 GMT