Re: List Traffic
Mon, 13 Jun 1994 08:31:33 EDT
Scott Begin and Chris Haggerty have commented on the amount of traffic on
this list,resulting in beaucoups of duplicate mailings & mundane items, as
well as some of the problems of identifiers being stripped by some gateways.
Although it doesn't help those who are being charged for bandwidth, I would
like to offer the suggestion that those who want to decrease the quantity of
mail send a message to listserv to get DIGESTS. It compiles each day's
mailings, and sends them out in one mailing with a large volume. That way,
you only get a few headers, or none, but the IDs of each mail sender is now a
part of the message, rather than stripped off each time.
The disadvantage is that the mail is delayed a day or two, but for most
"trivial" matters, such as welcomes & congrats, that doesn't matter. For
those "relevant" items, the topics seem to stay alive long enough to get
one's $0.02 worth before the subscribers are sick of beating the good horse.
When AOL was limiting mail to 75 unread items at a time, I tended to lose
mail sent because my mailbox was not large enough. I use the Digest, and I
rarely miss anything (when I do, it's usually because of a crash on the
Stratus), and the issues are still viable when I jump into the fray (not that
it ever stopped me on the non-viable issues either) :)
I have not UNDIGESTed, because it also allows me to save the log to disk more
easily. This is a valuable resource, and I'm hooked - the opinions in this
Roundtable have increased my Scouting knowledge.
Randy Spradling, P.E. (with the arm-length sig. block)
Assistant District Commissioner Treasure Coast District, Gulfstream
Council(FL) Aal-Pa-Tah #237 Eagle Scout (1971)Vigil Honor (1974)(Thal-Coo-Zyo
#457)(Sukeu Woapalanne-Black Eagle)
Life Member Alpha Phi Omega Mu Tau Chapter(#589-139879/Life#5915) (WV
Tech)(Spring 1975) I "used" to be an Owl... (SR-5).
Civil/Traffic Engineer in my spare time
(To know oneself is the ultimate form of aggression)
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