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The List-Managers mailing list is for discussions of issues related to managing Internet mailing lists, including (but not limited to) methods, mechanisms, techniques, policies, and software (in general; questions about specific software packages should be directed to the mailing list dedicated to that particular package).

Technical questions regarding particular software packages (for instance, Majordomo, LISTPROC, ListServ, etc.) are not appropriate for the List-Managers mailing list. They should be directed to the mailing list dedicated to that particular package (for instance, for Majordomo, that's Majordomo-Users@GreatCircle.COM). Check the documentation that came with the package to find out where the support list for that package is hosted.

The List-Managers mailing list is hosted by Great Circle Associates.

The list is an outgrowth of the "Mailing Lists" workshop session at the USENIX System Administration Conference (LISA VI) in Long Beach, CA, on October 22, 1992.

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All messages sent to the list are publicly available in a web-based archive, as well as searchable via Google and other search engines.

We strongly believe that searchable archives of past messages are one of the most important features of Internet mailing lists such as this one, and that it's critical that those archives be complete and accurate representations of the discussions on the list. Therefore, as a general rule we will not honor requests to edit the archives to remove or modify particular postings. So, be thoughtful before posting; you're going to have to live with whatever you say being in the archives forever, searchable by employers, family members, etc.

Note that, if you post messages to the list, the email address you post from will likely be harvested from the archives by spammers. We have carefully considered this problem, and concluded that there really isn't any way we can prevent that while still maintaining useful and searchable archives. You should take whatever steps you feel are appropriate to protect yourself, such as using a strong spam-filtering system or posting from throw-away accounts.

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Harvesting of email addresses from this mailing list or its archives for any purpose (but particularly commercial mailings) is prohibited.

You can subscribe a local redistribution list or a gateway to a local newsgroup, as long as whatever you do is local to your site. This restriction makes it much easier for us to track down mailer problems.

We're very aggressive when it comes to bounced email. If email to you starts bouncing, we'll probably drop you from the list fairly quickly; you'll have to resubscribe when you get the problem fixed, and retrieve the archives to find out what you missed.

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Michael C. Berch
Postmaster and list manager, Great Circle Associates
mcb@greatcircle.com

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