** Sometime around 06:14 12/6/96, Cindy Stanley said:
> >I've heard some of you mention that you run mailing lists with *thousands* of
> >subscribers. What kinds of lists are these that would attract such a huge
> >subscribership? How long have they been up and running?
Vince Sabio answered:
> HumourNet (11,000 direct distribution subscribers, roughly 30-40,000 on
> secondary distribution to BBSs, other mailings lists that redistribute
> HumourNet mailings, and the like) has technically been around for just
> over two years. However, for its first 8 months of life, it was a small
> private list, and "went public" (stock offerings?) in July 1995 with 65
> (or so) members.
Went public? Sorry for sounding so ignorant, but how do you "go public" with a
> BTW, when I first went public with HumourNet, I listed it in the List
> of Publicly-Accessible Mailing Lists (PAML); this was responsible for
> a big boost in our subscribership early on.
Thanks. This is good info to know. :-)
What are the drawbacks of listing a mailing list with PAML? The only one I can
think of would be the extra junk-mail advertising. My mailing list deals with
homeschooling discussions and I get quite a few unsolicited "buy our wonderful
curriculum" advertisments as it is. Enough for me to have recently closed the UL
(Unschooling List) to subscribers only.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
- Nelson Mandela