On Tue, 3 Jun 1997, Bill Silvert wrote:
> The problem is that list-owners are selected for their involvement with
> the subject, not necessarily for their mastery of computers. My greatest
> concern about MD is that list administration is really too complicated
> for most of the people who I think should be doing the job, so I end up
> managing almost all our lsits myself.
What do you find so hard about md list administration? Though I've been
into computers and electronic communications for around 17 years, I've
never thought of myself as being a tech. I don't see anything hard about
the list administration itself. I might not be able to set up majordomo
itself, but I have no problem administering the list itself and don't see
why anyone with a modicum of common sense would either.
It certainly seems simple enough to me.
> Frankly, when I look at the standard instructions to new list-owners,
> most of the time I don't even send them out. Look at the number of
> postings we get from MD administrators who can't figure out how to make
> noadvertise work, and yet we expect novices to wade through all the
> stuff about regexps?
I admit I don't "fully" understand regexps, but I've managed to play
around with it a bit and I think I've got it covered at least as far as
advertise/noadvertise is concerned. You won't find my list advertised nor
be able to get a list of subscribers, etc. unless you're a cracker or
something. The ordinary person can't anyway.
I also think I can figure out how to set up taboo headers, etc. if I had
to. I was on my list for years before I took it over and it has always
been pretty stable. So far, I've only had one occasion where I had any
trouble with someone. I fixed that by changing to restrict_post and
The person who was causing trouble wasn't even a memeber of the list, but
that cured that.
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