>Date: Sun, 24 Apr 94 16:04:46 -0700
>From: Chuq Von Rospach <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: AOL impresses me
>I wonder if list managers get the kind of activity they look for?
i suspect those who run "wide open, no rules" lists have few problems.
those who run tighter ships will bump into more things.
since i don't edit/moderate the actual messages (automated digest), i demand
a certain level of reading-for-content and general neural activity from
list members upfront.
(i do in a blue moon moderate "after the fact" and terminate a thread by fiat.)
>(rhetorical question: are we running lists to provide a service? or because
>it's good for the ego to be a list manager?)
c) forced into it because of the inadequacies of netnews
i started the list because *i* wasn't being served by netnews at the time
(and still not particularly served by the tooth-and-nailed voted
not ego in the sense that "look ma! i have my own empire", but rather the
selfish "i want a service, i guess i have to create that service"
which, btw, is often what many usenet flamers tell folks to go and do.
they ego-payback amortized over hours spent on servicing the list, the
list archives, keyword database, and and Thinkage mail service impact is
low enough to consider declaring ego insolvency.
the information-payback for making my machinery and riding pleasure
better is what keeps me going.
oh, you said rhetorical... :-)
- Ken Dykes, Thinkage Ltd., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada [43.47N 80.52W]