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From "Miles Daffin" <miles.daf...@cwcom.net>
Subject Re: News Group needed desperately
Date Fri, 24 Nov 2000 10:18:46 GMT
Dear Craig,

See below.

> Miles Daffin wrote: (I did)
>
> > I have been on this list for a week or so now and I am flooded with
mails
> > everyday. When this happened on the Orion Interest list I had no choice
bu to
> > unsubscribe. The sheer volume of mails (50% of which ask ill considered
> > questions) suggests the need for a news group, maybe two. The virtues of
doing
> > it like this are numerous, e.g. threads can be viewed, followed etc. It
simply
> > organises the mails better, allowing me to filterwithout cluttering up
my
> > system first. Who can set this up? Craig (I know you are a busy fella)?
Miles
>
> Yes, I am busy :-), but that is not why I'm not likely to act upon this
request.
>
> None of the virtues you mention are compelling reasons to establish a
> newsgroup.  After all, many mail readers (including Netscape Communicator,
which
> I use) can do exactly what you ask for.  For example, I have a message
filter
> set up that copies all messages with a "To" or "Cc" of
> TOMCAT-USER@JAKARTA.APACHE.ORG into a folder containing only those
messages
> (actually, I have one of these folders for each of the 30 or so mailing
lists I
> subscribe to, totalling over 600 messages a day).  Netscape, like most
mail
> readers, allows you to specify a threaded organization for such a folder,
which
> is my default approach to dealing with mailing lists.  Now, I can
concentrate on
> a particular list when I want to -- *exactly* as if it were a newsgroup.
>
> What is more important, though, is a different principle -- having a
newsgroup
> instead of a mailing list would disenfranchise all of the TOMCAT-USER
> subscribers who are behind firewalls that do not allow access to
newsgroups.
> Therefore, I do not consider this to be a viable solution to mail
"floods" -- if
> your mail reader doesn't support what you need to deal with mailing list
> volumes, I would suggest that you get a new one.

Your words are wise and true - I see the light and shall complain no more.

> Craig McClanahan

Miles Daffin


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