On Mon, 2003-12-15 at 22:01, JC Dill wrote:
> At 01:38 PM 12/15/2003, Andrew Beverley wrote:
> >Also, it's a question of cost of bandwidth use - the more disk space
> >that archives use, the chances are the more bandwidth will be used
> >looking at them.
> If someone can't find the answer in the archives and they then send a
> message to your list (which triggers how many on-list replies), how much
> bandwidth does *that* take?
> IME, as long as your archives are *easy* to search, searching archives
> takes less bandwidth and gets the visitor the answer faster, which makes
> your list more effective for you and your visitor.
I agree, and that would certainly be the case if I managed the actual
lists. As it is, I provide list hosting and try and charge as fairly as
possible - that includes charging for disk space they use on my server
and bandwidth used sending the messages. So the decision to only keep
limited archives would be the choice of the end user.