> > Let me pose a question, and see how list managers feel about this. I'm a
> > biological oceanographer and don't subscribe to any lists in physical
> > oceanography, but I have a lot of colleagues in physical oceanography
> > and often want to contact them for legitimate scientific reasons. Am I
> > commiting a serious abuse if I look at the subscriber lists in physical
> > oceanography to see if I can find Email address of my colleagues?
> It sounds from your example like you're talking about contacting
> individuals at random simply based on their presence on a particular
> interest list. If so, yes, I consider that abusive behavior. My
> presence on a mailing list is an invitation for mail *from that list*,
> not from anyone else.
I read it differently.
I think he's talking about looking at subscriber lists to try and find
a particular person, not "contacting individuals at random", and I'd
think that's OK. Of course, the person (or list subscribers) might
be hidden anyway, but that's another issue.