us (Edward J. Branley) wrote in part:
> This will vary from list to list. I keep my New Orleans list open to
> non-subscribers so folks can ask for info about the city without joining.
> I suppose some folks regard asking questions of a list membership without
> joining as being a bit rude, in the same way some people find messages that say
> things like "please e-mail me, I don't read this group regularly" rude on
> USENET. The default on my mail software was also to allow anyone to post, so
> majordomo is not unique in this regard.
I hope I am not being perceived as argumentative by furthering this
discussion. I am simply am trying to understand all thoughts on this
In regards to your example, wouldn't your regular subscribers get
tired of seeing repeated requests: "send me info about New Orleans"
from people that are not subscribers to the list? I would suspect
that you have developed a (I always want to put "an" in front of FAQ,
it just sounds better) FAQ for your list. Wouldn't your subscribers
be better served by a deflection of repeated requests? You could
even set up an infobot to automatically reply to what would appear to
be a rather common question thereby improving your S/N ratio on your
Just thinking outloud.... :-)
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it
is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to
the music he hears, however measured or far away.