Somehow it feels good to hear about other list administrators having
similar experiences that I have. I especially recognized what David
W. Tamkin wrote about receiving lots of questions on Corolla from
> have the idea that I'm some sort of official Internet Corolla
> expert; they mail me a bunch of questions or requests -- one jerk
> expected me to send him free manuals, including postage to Peru at
> my expense -- as if I had the answers.
Even when I do know the answers of such questions I don't feel I have
the time to answer individual questions like that. I would much
rather find some time to participate in the discussions on "my"
mailing list (which I seldom do nowadays). I also recognize the part
about them never writing back when I ask them about where they got
information on the list and if they want to join.
I guess many of them find it natural to assume that these mailing
lists are run by someone with a commercial interest in the matter when
that would be conceivable. For example that my list (on Disney
comics) is in some way affiliated with the publishers of Disney comics
or perhaps with Walt Disney Company. That would make some of those
requests a bit more reasonable.
Here's another pet peeve of mine: it seems like a non-negligable part
of the subscribers who subscribe and then unsubscribe very soon after
never even thought they were interested in the list -- they just
subscribed because it was an assignment in some Computers and the Net 100
course to subscribe to a mailing list. I get sort of tired having to
spend time on adding and deleting those users, and there's no target
to direct my irritation at. Grrrr! Very frustrating. :-) Maybe I
should just get mad at myself for not using list handling software...
Per Starback, Uppsala, Sweden. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Life is but a gamble! Let flipism chart your ramble!"