Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 06:13:29 -0500

From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU

Subject: Re: Interesting Free Offer...........

Counting votes posted on the list and votes sent to me in direct mail,

we seem to be about 50-50 again in 'send=private' vs 'send=public'.

Actually the vote is 4-2 in favor of 'send=private' if I count only

those votes that have come in since I asked for a decision between (1)

'send=private' and (2) size limitation, but I'm adding Ron and Bethany

to the 'send=private' opponents based on their earlier list comments.

If others of you have opinions, please make them known either on the list

or in direct mail to me. As I've said many times, I see being "list owner"

as meaning list mechanic -- taking care of whatever needs to be taken care

of to keep the list running. I don't see the list owner (I hate that label)

as being the one to make decisions about list style, content, whatever.

That's up to the subscribers, IMHO.

--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

P.S. There's another option that I haven't mentioned because I see some

disadvantages of it. But in the spirit of muddy water, I might as well

toss it in now. I could change the list settings to 'send=editor' and

then have my name/address as first editor and ads-l[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] as

second editor. Since any of the editors can post to a list, that would

mean that anybody on the list of subscribers could post. For somebody

not on the list of subscribers, the attempted posting would be sent to

the first editor -- me. I would then forward it to the list. The only

way this would differ from 'send=private' is that mail from non-subscribers

would come to me instead of bouncing back to the sender. Then I could post

it on the list. The main disadvantage I see to this is that any time I'm

away from my computer, mail from a non-subscriber would sit and wait.

Normally that wouldn't be more than a few hours, but sometimes when I'm

traveling it could be a few days. (That's why I need to learn Perl

scripting so that I can automate the ftp/gopher/web filing I do every

morning for ADS. Would some of you like to teach me Perl so that the

ADS archives won't be behind when I'm away from net access?)