I've been running lists for many years as the listowner. My first lists
were ListServ, ListProc and Majordomo. But for the last few years I've
been using such free list servers as Topica.com, Smartgroups.com, and
Yahoogroups.com. Today I have decided to go back to paying for my
lists. The free servers are just too crappy anymore.
My website hosting service won't run a Majordomo list for me, so I am
shopping for a new host. I've found two that I'm interested in but one of
them runs Smartlist and the other runs Mailman. I'm probably going to
decide between these two companies based on a comparison of the mailing
list managers. I'm really not interested in running one on my own machine.
Can anyone here help me with a comparison between Mailman and
Smartlist? My main list has 80 members and averages about 26 messages per
day. I have a number of other lists, but they enjoy even less traffic.
A couple of other things. I like to administer my lists by email, not on
the web. And to me, one of the most important features of a MLM is
archives that can be downloaded to my hard drive by FTP.
What do you think? Am I asking the right crowd here? If not, where should
I go for answers?
John W. Redelfs, gazelem @