Date: Sun, 5 Nov 1995 15:03:04 -0600
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: ADS-L Anniversary
It's hard to believe that ADS-L has been in existence almost four years
now. It seems more like a year or two ago that Bill Kretzschmar, Rafal
Konopka, and I stood there at a SAMLA reception talking about the
possibility of starting an e-mail list for ADS. But it really was four
years ago: November 1991.
In spite of occasional spam, misdirected listserv commands sent to the
list, and other such clutter, I'm still glad that we decided to make it
an open list. I personally hate moderated lists and would rather put up
with a little "noise" than with delayed clumps of mail that would result
from running it as a moderated list. As I think I mentioned before, we
decided to try it as an open list but without promoting it outside of the
ADS. Although ADS-L has somehow managed to find its way into various
lists of lists, I'm pleased and relieved that we haven't really had much
of a problem with net-cruisers tossing bricks or cans our way. I think
it's fine for people outside of ADS to subscribe and join the discussion
if they're really interested. If they become interested enough, they will
perhaps join ADS. I know of at least one person who did. Almost certainly
there are others.
I'm pleased that we still have a core of serious scholars contributing
to the list in spite of our occasional ventures into what is more or less
light chitchat. As the net grows and more newcomers arrive, I hope we
can maintain the informal yet sometimes serious ambience.
A reminder to those of you new to the list: Logs of back mail (except
for the first year) are available via anonymous ftp from ftp.msstate.edu
in pub/archives/ADS, via gopher from gopher.msstate.edu (#3 on first
menu, #1 on second), via the web from http://www.msstate.edu/Archives/ADS/.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)