In message <199409092302.TAA16401@wilma.cs.utk.edu>, Keith Moore writes:
>I get this kind of complaint all the time from people who are on
>some of the lists I run....that is, that they want stuff to be
>posted to Usenet so they can use their more functional news reader,
>instead of getting a more functional mail reader! (All of the
>functions listed above exist for e-mail...but not as widely as
>they do for usenet...probably this is because usenet became a
So where can I get a mail reader for UNIX, with killfiles,
threading, and all the other features of trn without having to bug
my news admin to gate it to a local newsgroup? (in my case the news
admin is me, but not for everyone)
>I consider it irresponsible to discuss stuff on Usenet that doesn't have a
>sufficiently wide audience (probably in the thousands of people) to merit the
>use of the bandwidth.
At last count, Stephanie's list had about 1000 public mailing
lists out there. Who knows how many LISTSERV lists are out there that
aren't registered, but probably almost that many. Then count all the
_non_ public lists. The majority of sites of any reasonable size I know
have at least several internal mailing lists. Those are potentially on
the order of several thousand.
Remember for Usenet, all you need is _one_ person at a site that reads the
group, and you break even. After that, you're ahead.
I resent being implied "irresponsible" when it's blatantly clear that
list-managers is missing a large potential audience, and that a newsgroup
is both sufficent and desirable given the readership.