I agree with most of what you had to say in your message Eric, except
for the part on netiquette. One of the oldest large mailing lists
that is out there is the sun-managers mailing list. That list has
always had a certain amount of secondary, and possibly further, exploders
in the list. Best guess is that at the moment there are about 1000
such exploders in that list. One of those exploders is rather large
as it covers the majority of the addresses in the uk and I know there are
further exploders in that list.
Redistribution is on a list by list basis.
Eric Thomas made the following keystrokes:
>Mailing lists are completely different, of course. You are giving the
>host site the right to make as many copies as there are subscribers, and
>these people in turn have the right to make reasonable copies as may be
>required to read and archive the message for their own use. They do not
>implicitly have the right to redistribute it, and in fact "netiquette"
>forbids it (this may not be enforceable, but certainly helps define the
>expected distribution channel). This is not an open-ended redistribution
>license like usenet, even though you have no direct control over the