> The trick to keeping them off your list is principally
> identifying them.
Identity is a nebulous concept. I know people who maintain
an electronic personae for their professional life completely
separate from their personal persona. Which do you want to
identify: the person, or the persona?
List managers interested in mapping email personae to real-
world people should check out the SLED (Stable, Large, Email
Database) project. Mail to email@example.com gets you a nice
description of the service from their mailbot.
(Obligatory disclaimer: I have no connection to SLED other
than having taken advantage of their free service.)
> What I am suggesting
> is that several list-managers who know each other get together to
> share information by private e-mail. The last thing you want is
> this information to be known to the net in general.
As others have done, I suggest extreme care with this approach.
A public database open to inspection and correction (like the
big credit databases) would be less vulnerable to criticism.
>The net may be appear to be a big
>place, but in my experience, it really isn't.
I have just one word in response: "Growth."
FWIW, I believe the best approach to shaping list traffic is
"out-of-band self-moderation". I would be happy to expand on
this idea if there's interest....
Sean Shapira firstname.lastname@example.org (206) 443-2028
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