List Management; Was Big African Grifters

From: Dan Wright <>
Date: Wed Mar 20 09:46:14 2002

Er, this might be a little late...but...

There's been one really good suggestion made that everyone seems to have
glossed over: put something like "[OL]" before any message coming from an
un-subscribed address. That's all! You can make your e-mail client filter
that! you can make procmail filter that! If any off-list message was simply
MARKED, then each of us could deal with off-list stuff in our own way!

Personally, I don't care about it. Everything from classiccmp gets sent into
it's own little mailbox by procmail anyway -- hence why I'm replying to this
NOW, when I saw 300 new messages after the weekend I didn't have time to do
anything with it :) however, putting a marker like this on any off-list
message requires little work, avoids the possible problem of losing equipment
because someone who's about to thrown out that pdp-11 can't post a message,
and lets each list subscriber deal with such mail in any way he or she

I'd also like to say that I think Jay does a fine job managing the list and
I'm grateful to him for doing so. Without him we wouldn't have a list, and
that's worse then a little spam, isn't it?

Roger Merchberger said:
> Rumor has it that Doc may have mentioned these words:
> > As far as Jay's performance running the list, I'd like to make two
> >observations -
> >
> > Unrestricted SPAM has been a very live topic for six weeks. I would
> >normally expect the List Operator to at least comment on feasibility of
> >the various proposals, and on the steps involved for the proposed
> >volunteers. I didn't see anything at all.
> Not to sound like a prick, but you mightn't have looked all that hard... He
> emailed the list just prior to 1 Mar 2002 (that's when I received a reply
> from his request) asking for advice about what to do WRT spam & keeping the
> list more open for nonsubscribers...
> > Today is March 15, 2002. The latest post available from the online
> >archives is dated November 30, 2001. That's a hell of a lag.
> He might have one hell of a job... Lord knows I'm a wee bit behind in my
> 'hobby-based duties' WRT my listserver & other things. At least it's up &
> running - methinks we should count our blessings to have a decent uptime,
> nice, hi-bandwidth list to discuss our ancient friends *for Free*...
> Jay, I know how thankless this 'free labor' can be, so lemme be the first
> person to make it a little less thankless:
> Thank You! :-)
> And always, if there's anything I can do to help, just holler. I'll do
> anything I can to help.
> Laterz,
> Roger "Merch" Merchberger
> --
> Roger "Merch" Merchberger --- sysadmin, Iceberg Computers
> Recycling is good, right??? Ok, so I'll recycle an old .sig.
> If at first you don't succeed, nuclear warhead
> disarmament should *not* be your first career choice.
- Dan Wright

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