On 6 Oct 96 at 18:20, Fu Bar wrote:
> What do you do when someone buys a year of mailing list service for $50
> and then the list becomes popular and starts pumping hundreds of MB and
> tens of thousands of messages through your system per day?
This is a good question, although the list-managers list may be a
better place to discuss it.
In my particular situation, I put a "reasonable size" limit in my
services information where I mention a few general numbers. So far
everyone has been reasonable and it has not been a problem. Yes, I
know that somebody somewhere has probably already had a problem list
before, but I'm not going to lock it down as long as I don't need to.
One big help is offering a digest mode of the list. It always
surprises me when a list service does not offer a digest option,
especially considering the resource savings. Every one of my lists
has a digest option. I have never seen and can't imagine a situation
where a list owner would object to a digest (some of them don't care,
but certainly don't object).
Yes, I know there are people who might simply want to butt heads
about it (or perhaps more appropriately, might simply want to be a
butthead about it :-). Worst case is you give them a refund and
send them on their way.
Alan Millar firstname.lastname@example.org
Owner, System Admin http://www.bolis.com
Ask me about Internet mailing list services at Bolis.com
Reason notwithstanding, the universe continues unabated.