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Re: huge lists

On 20-Oct-1998, Steve Lamb <morpheus@teleute.ml.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Oct 1998 04:15:28 -0200, Lalo Martins wrote:
> >We have some lists that are absolutely unmanageable for most
> >users, like debian-{user,devel}.
>     Personally, if someone finds user/devel "unmanagable" it is time they
> learned an important word.  "Filter."  :)
>     Those two debian lists send me ~220 messages per day.  That is 110 in
> either group.  110 in newsgroup terms is moderate and easily managable.  

Every single time this comes up, people who don't pay for internet
access by the minute or the megabyte pop up and try to be helpful
with "solutions" such as .procmail scripts or mail scoring.

Some people do pay per minute and per megabyte, and the cost is
significant.  Consider it significant enough that they cannot
help develop for Debian if the lists continue to grow.

In particular, debian-users is used by users, who very often use
quite expensive internet access (in particular, they tend not
to work for ISPs or big universities like developers often do).

Filtering at the receiving end is too late.  It is not a solution to
this problem.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.     - Benjamin Franklin

Tyson Dowd   <tyson@tyse.net>   http://tyse.net

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