email@example.com (s.merchant) writes:
# Therefore, I am looking for a host with an automatic list server that
# will be willing to have the list reside on it. I would continue doing
# the administration of the list.
It seems that there might be discussion at this point of HOW one moves a
list. I had a very painful experience with a list that was moved from
my machine without my cooperation (the list owner just moved the
addresses to another site), and ever since I get angry messages from
people who don't know why my server won't respond to requests to
unsubscribe. Unless one is dealing with sophisticated users there can
be all kinds of problems, and I think that this aspect merits some
exchange of ideas.
One solution is to tell people to subscribe to the new list. There is a
disadvantage in that some subscribers may miss the message.
One solution might be to create a dummy server. Mail to SERVER@machine
(where SERVER is listserv, Majordomo, etc.) would be parsed and
forwarded to the correct address if appropriate, otherwise an
informational message could be sent back. This would only work if the
old host machine were willing to phase out the list in this way, but I
suspect that a lot of the perl hackers on this list could put together
something that would do the job OK.
Bill Silvert at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography
P. O. Box 1006, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA B2Y 4A2
InterNet Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
(the address email@example.com is only for mailing lists)