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Re: IUCr Policy on the Creation and Management of Discussion Lists

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  • Subject: Re: IUCr Policy on the Creation and Management of Discussion Lists
  • From: Howard Flack <Howard.Flack@cryst.unige.ch>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 08:44:45 GMT
Re: The "old" IUCr list managed by Martha Teeter.

  This general list was a marvelous first effort in using e-mail to pass
around job, conference and other announcements in the days when few
people had access to the newsgroups and the web did not exist. It is
true that a significant minority of sites do not have access to a news
(nntp) server but most do have access to the W3. The sort of information
that Martha used to carry on her system is now all available on the W3
by way of CWW including a satisfactory "What's New" page. Moreover the
IUCr sites are mirrored to allow easier access.

  The advantage of a newsgroup over a general mailing list is that
no-one has to maintain a list of subscribers. Martha always said that
she had a significant (5%) proportion of mails bounced back at each
posting.

  People that are looking for a job will consult the CWW job and Whats
new pages, and the others do not want to be bothered with job
advertisements.

  I am not at all in favour of putting a general crystallography mail
list into operation.

H.

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