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Re: closing mailing lists (was: spamcop)

On Sat, Sep 23, 2006 at 01:22:30PM -0500 or thereabouts, Seth Goodman wrote:

> You are right in saying there is no apparent way to subscribe without
> getting all the list traffic.  Without this feature, it is impractical
> to require that posters first confirm their email address.

Why ? I don't know of any e-mail list, (other than this one) that doesn't
require people to first confirm their address -- It's pretty much a
standard practise.

Why don't such things ever get submitted for a vote, to see exactly
where the membership stands on this ? OR has this been done already ?

One can endlessly debate the issue, but at the end of the day, if the 
majority wish this to be implemented, then it should be done. The views of a 
few, should never outweigh those of the majority, and it doesn't in the
slightest prevent people from getting help. If an individual wants help,
then the 5 second process of registering and confirmation is a very
minor speed bump along the way to getting that help -- It's not like
one is being asked to pay a fee for support.

The only people for me are the mad ones -- the ones who are mad to live,
mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time,
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn
like fabulous yellow Roman candles.
		-- Jack Kerouac, "On the Road"

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