List Administration, was: Re: your mail

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Mon Jun 2 09:40:00 PDT 2003

> Jerry McAllister wrote:
> [ ... ]
> > Gee whiz.   Another round of this argument.   Seems it comes along
> > about every 2 or 3 months and is all the same and seems to generate
> > as much unnecessary traffic as spamers do.   It just indicates that 
> > the advocates do not understand the function or operation of this list.   
> Modern mailing lists are capable of holding unapproved postings for moderator 
> approval.  If <questions at> was moderated, the spam would be read once 
> by a member of the team of moderators, and then discarded rather than being 
> forwarded to all of the members of the list.

Yah, and that one has been covered a hundred times too.

You want to pay a couple of full time salaries to people to 
sit around and moderate the list,  cough up.


> Legitimate list traffic from members of the list would be approved by default, 
> with a few exceptions (ie, administrivia postings like "unsubscribe").
> Legitmate list traffic from non-members of the list would be approved after 
> moderator review.  If there is sufficient interest-- being defined as at least 
> two other people who are willing to act as moderators (*)-- I'll set up a 
> moderated version of this list and let the user community decide for themselves.
> -Chuck
> -------
> (*): Having several people moderate makes the task load easier, tends to balance 
> out bursts of held postings, and makes a second opinion available for boundary 
> cases.
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