On Monday 11 December 2006 18:24, Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC wrote:
> On Dec 11, 2006, at 3:59 PM, Gerard Seibert wrote:
> > On Monday December 11, 2006 at 05:09:01 (PM) James Long wrote:
> >> By the way, that is why it is customary to Cc: both the person and
> >> and the list when replying.  It doesn't do any good to send a
> >> response
> >> to the list if the person who asked the question isn't subscribed.
> >
> > Maybe it is just me, but I hate that Cc crap. I always end up with two
> > copies of the same message. Unless the individual specifically
> > requests
> > to be Cc'd, I never utilize it. Besides, how hard is it to
> > subscribe to
> > a list, post your question and hopefully receive a satisfactory
> > response and then terminate your association with the list if you
> > are so
> > inclined. I joined the 'Apache' forum just to get one simple answer,
> > then exited. Not a big deal at all.
> I agree that the list should only accept mail from subscribed
> members.  Mainly to keep spam and other crap off the list.  Most
> lists I am on (which are technical) require you to be a list member
> to post.  So in this case the FreeBSD policies are "not the norm."  I
> am on one list for an MTA where if you CC the orig poster plus send
> to the list you get in trouble with some folks.
> Chad
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> Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC
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> chad at shire.net
I dunno, Chad.  I get some of my best Pharmaceuticals from SPAM posted to this 
list ....

just kidding, of course.

But the SPAM on questions- is minimal, and the trade-off is, I think, huge. 

While many of us track the list regularly, there are much more that just toss 
a question out, and then google the replies.  

I think, in terms of server load, it probably is better this way.  Not to 
mention that it is more convenient for the questioners, and thus better for 
the larger FreeBSD community.

I'm not claiming to be "right," this is just my opinion, my stinky opinion.

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