>sensitive to the concerns of list managers, and are trying really hard
>to step on anybody's toes.
>If you run a private or sensitive list, or for any other reason don't
>your list included in the set they archive, just tell them; they'll be
>happy to leave you out. On the other hand, if you run a public list,
>not let 'em archive and index it?
I have mixed feelings about List publicity in general and I'd like to
share these with other List Managers. I own a list for present and
prospective adoptive parents of Chinese orphans. Subscription is open,
unmoderated, but only subscribers can post. The tone of the group is
amazingly buoyant and upbeat, and truly heartwarming. In three months,
we've had no flames and only slight bickering, easily resolved. I've
had only one problem with an anonymous subscriber who posted a
disturbing rumor and was unsubscribed.
The List now has 600 subscribers in 10 countries - about 1100 people
counting couples - so we're not exactly "private". On the other hand,
given the nature of the subject, many of the posts are (not
surprisingly) emotional and personal. We are not archived, and the
general feeling, when I raised the question with the small group
subscribed at the start, was that they didn't feel comfortable having
their messages archived if they could be read by "outsiders".
On the other hand, I'd like to see that news of the existence of the
List reaches everyone who has an interest in China adoption.
I just added our List name and description to the Liszt index. Any