I've been comtemplating setting up a WWW interface to my lists, and this
recent discussion of related CGI programs has prompted me to start a tangent
What have your experiences been with increasing access to your mailing lists?
Specifically, has making it easier to post/subscribe had any negative
effect on message signal-to-noise ratio? I am toying with the idea of
providing a list maintenance page on the WWW (i.e., subscribe, unsubscribe,
post a message, etc.), but I think that this may increase subscriber turnover
(i.e., alot of people subscribing just for the heck of it, and then
unsubscribing a day later), and also make it easier to post worthless "me too"
messages - let alone spam (although my lists *are* setup to allow posts by
Incidentily, this is more-or-less the same reason that my three mailing
lists (Level 42 Digest, Incognito Digest, Go West Digest) are *not*
available in bounce mode - they're all digests. I think that this has
helped to keep things relatively on-topic -- the great majority of posts
have worthwhile content. Then again, due to the nature of my lists, the
exchange of information is not really time *critical*.
SmartList Admin, Level 42 Digest / Incognito Digest / Go West Digest
Eric J. Hansen .............................. http://www.worldmachine.com/eric
Developer, Worldmachine Technologies ............ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org