On Wed, 7 Feb 1996, Mickey Rowe wrote:
> That's typically the sort of
> thing I run into when trying to make my class-exercise related
> problems go away. If anyone has any idea what I (or we) can do to
> prevent this sort of nonsense I'd really like to know.
If "we" provide a list or lists specifically for class-exercises, then we can
give those folks a place to go. I created an email address for demonstrating
my computer skills. It has worked great for getting me jobs, and it also
works well for "Intro to the Internet" assignments and demonstrations. It is
not a list, only a system that answers all of it's email, so it doesn't fill
the list homework need.
The listed address for my "hottub on the Internet" is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hot tub responds with its current temperature and a few other worthless
pieces of information. It is sufficiently strange that people try it once
and tell their friends to try it, but sufficiently boring that they don't try
it repeatedly unless they are debugging an email problem. Instructors could
tell students to send "help" to their nearest mailing list manager, but I
guess the hottub is marginally more interesting.
It's email gets forwarded to email@example.com. I moved the hottub
interface to that machine, because it had more serial ports. The move
greatly cut down on postmaster email on the main machine, so I've learned to
put email demo systems on separate hosts. I'm sure a virtual host would be
sufficient. I glance at that machines postmaster email about once a week.
It's fairly low maintenance.
Someone, the "we" in my first paragraph, can set up a dedicated mail list
server for mailing list practice. It would be a fine system for low key
advertising, targeted at people new to the Internet.
Paul Haas firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.hamjudo.com
VP of Technology at The Internet Factory, Inc. http://www.netfactory.com