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Re: Re: [SFBCA] Cypherpunks MEETING PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT for 15 Jan 2000 (fwd)




----- Forwarded message from Bill Stewart -----

Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2000 15:04:33 -0800
From: Bill Stewart <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: CDR: Re:   [SFBCA] Cypherpunks MEETING PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT
  for 15 Jan  2000

Somebody asked how to get off the cypherpunks list.
I replied, saying where the servers are, and to
>> Send mail to [email protected] thatmachine, saying "help".
as a way to find out how to unsubscribe.
Jim Choate replied to my posting, saying this was incorrect,
because most of the list servers run majordomo,
so help requests should go to [email protected]_machine_name.

Choate is at most partially correct - the convention of

[ Mucho text deleted. ]

[ Yes, Bill you are technicaly correct. As usualy though you miss the
  entire human side of the equation. <sigh>

  The point is to have a consistent interface with well understood
  semantics. This goal is not fostered in any way by advertising the
  half-a-dozen or so aliases that people who dont' twig keep passing
  around.

  Hell, if you want to be absolutely pedantic every email server on the
  net should have a postmaster alias. And if you have problems you should
  send it there. However, in the real world it doesn't work that way for
  a variety of reasons.

  Consider also the image it presents. In a worst case scenario there
  would be 7 seperate interfaces. What would a potential user say? Most
  likely "They can't even make it easy to participate in an email list,
  and they want to run the world?".

  Just look at the needless traffic this caused...

  Signing off. ]

----- End of forwarded message from Bill Stewart -----

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