>I have to make three remarks here, in favour of restricting the access only
>to subscribers of the list:
>a) Receiving electronic mail costs money.
> You have to pay for modem time, and if you are using a commercial
> provider also for the receipt of international e-mail.
>b) Nonsubscribents don't see replies.
> If I reply publically, I usually don't cc: to the original sender,
> because it is annoying to get the same e-mail twice, once via the list
> and second privately.
>c) Frequent abuse makes valuable contributors unsubscribe.
> Professional prefer lists with a low signal-to-noise ratio, and if the
> list drops below a certain threshold, they unsubscribe and will never
> come back again. This starts a vicious circle, since it lowers the
> ratio further.
I agree. Every time a Spammer bursts in a list, I receive twenty
posts like this one I'm writting. Certainly, I don't want to waste
more time and money. Please, keep them out of the way! The owner of
the list can create an address for outsiders, in order for us to
accept mail from that people.
Jorge de Buen
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