There were many lists before Risks, Human-Nets, and SF-Lovers.
Only they were small and many were manually done. SF-Lovers was
the first huge mailing list on the Internet (then the ARPAnet).
I believe Human-Nets came next. There were a number of other
lists that came after that: Telecom-Digest and WorkS, come to
mind. I believe Risks came much later on the scene. SFL,
Human-Nets, and Telecom-Digest were already in operation by 1981.
PS The comment about being able to find the administrator is why
Roger created the -Request box. Why he called it that rather than
some other name, I don't know.--ala