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Re: ANS and the future of the list

At 11:52 AM 9/12/97 -0400, Dan Simoes wrote:
>The suggestion to move the list to a newsgroup is a valid
>one, but I don't think it is a good idea.  Newsgroups
>lose the "feel" of a list, you get lots of spam, you
>have no control over commercial posts, ad infinitum.

Those would be the downsides of a newsgroup. :-) However, the benefits
(stated previously) are worth trying to achieve, IMHO.

An alternative to using alt.autos.audi (which is totally public), is to
change the mailing list to a newsgroup that is hosted somewhere other than
the general Internet.  For example, consider the microsoft.* newsgroups
that eminate from Microsoft.  A Quattro newsgroup *hierarchy* (ok, maybe
that's overkill :-) could be setup somewhere, thus providing all the
benefits of newsgroups (threaded discussions, a hierarchy,
read-at-your-whim) and avoiding some or all of the disadvantages (spam,
total exposure to the Internet, etc).

Anyway, I merely offer this as elaboration on the original idea of using a

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