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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2000 10:29:29 +0100

>At 08:09 PM 4/28/72 -0500, Randy Bryan wrote:
>>Please Please Please!!! 

>[...49 Kbytes of quoted material trimmed...]
>We need to avoid this sort of posting to the list...
>Many thanks to Karl and Norm for the effort they have put in to list
>maintenance. When the system is complete it would be useful to know what
>the s*b*s*c*r*i***t*i*o*n procedure is. [Note that if you use the U-word
>in the body of the mail it gets bounced - this one did first time (even
though I mangled it) 
>so there is a regex of some sort!] Obviously it should be as
>automatic as possible to relieve them of unnecessary work. Will lapsed
>s*bs and bad addresses simply wither away or does human action
>need to be taken? It's also a good time for K/N to decide:
>	(a) whether a human name - listMaintainer - should appear at the foot of
>the list (or alternatively an alias). This should only be for technical
>matters, not content.
>	(b) which one/both deals with h2h mail about the list *mechanics*. I would
>expect that there would be relatively little need to discuss this
>communally unless new developments are sought. Examples would be:
>	- listMaintainer asking the list for comments about a technical question
>	- a general discussion about new ideas for how XML-DEV could operate.
>[There have been several worthwhile ideas suggested during the recent weeks
>and they are still very much worth pursuing.
>For newcomers, note that this list is NOT technologically moderated and -
>hopefully - postings appear unedited and as soon as possible. It is a great
>credit that there have been no unacceptable postings in over 20000

>messages. Please do NOT ask K/N to deal with *content* moderatorial issues
>- the only device we use is listmembers postings, primarily - but not
>exclusively - from myself. No one has ever been forcibly uns*b'ed
>Finally to remind members that they should avoid unnecessary quoting. This
>increases the volume of traffic considerably - the post I am replying to
>was 50 Kb (I think) - multiply this by 2000 list members  to achieve 100
>Mbytes of unnecessary traffic. My guess is that untrimmed messages probably
>represent this sort of wasted bandwidth every month.
>I suggest that we do not discuss these issues on the list but use private
>mail if there is a useful contribution.
>	P.

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