National mailinglists - why isn't it there yet?

Edwin Groothuis edwin at
Sun Mar 2 23:55:59 UTC 2008

On Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 12:45:01AM +0100, Julian Stacey wrote:
> > I think that the question dropped by Edw was more of why this service
> > wasn't offered from the FreeBSD mailman infrastructure. I think
> > that every country and state  has its own mailman/majordomo/ezmlm/whatever
> > features, but none are ran centrally.
> > 
> > Edwin

> The extra work for the central mailman-owner:
>    I guess mailman-owner at is happy/wise to avoid the
>    nightmare of local languages & character sets & leave it to
>    locals within each delegated DNS name space.
>    Imagine the extra work if less multi lingually skilled start
>    dumping extra mail list problems on the international administrators,
>    some in Spanish, French, German, Chinese, etc &/or in worse than
>    than normal international English.
>    Would volunteer want extra unpaid work sorting it ?  Apart from
>    bounces, warnings etc, even just getting eg List description
>    updates in many national font sets would be a pain.  Better if
>    the work went direct to a fellow national who could read it
>    easily.

As a mailman-owner hosting about 60 lists, I can tell you that it
is possible in mailman to set the owner of a list to a person who
wants to have the list and let them handle the bounces and unknown

> What benefit/ trying to centrally administer foreign lists ?

The benefit is that the remote people don't have to invest time and
money in setting up a mailman infrastructure and going through all
the learning process of getting everything right.

It's not a "you must do it here", it's an "you can do it here".


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