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mailing list vs. UseNet
Subject: mailing list vs. UseNet
Phillip Bigelow <email@example.com> wrote:
PB>There are some differences in the quality of content between the UseNet meth
>of getting your dino-fix, and the mailing list method. For those who
>regularly monitor UseNet, you will know what I'm talking about. Listservers
>are usually more content-rich, more well-mannered, have a more serious audie
>and the posts are usually better crafted than on those on UseNet (there are
>some exceptions to this, of course, but I'm saying "in general").
There is a Usenet equivalent to a well-managed listserv-- a moderated
newsgroup. And it's entirely possible to gate the list to a newsgroup.
That's done with GIS-L (comp.infosystems.gis) and GEOGRAPH
> These differences are easy to explain. It takes a conscious act to subscri
>to a listserver. Annonymity is not tolerated on a listserver. Mail volume
>can be a real pain in the *** for some. People who are "serious" about a
>subject are more prone to subscribe to listservers.
That may be true, but as a list administrator, I know that managing the
list (even an unmoderated one) can be a real headache. I average about
100-150 list control messages a day-- some indicating normal
subscribe/unsubscribe execution, but many indicating that an e-mail link
is broken, an address is bad, etc. All those have to be cleaned up or
else the problems will just increase. I've actually found that it less
of a hassle to manage a moderated list than to manage an unmoderated
one; there are fewer complaints and flame wars with a moderated
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