Quoting: "Roger Fajman" <RAF @
> Reasons to use list managers instead of or in addition to netnews:
> (2) Private lists (i.e., subscriptions are controlled for some reason).
> (3) Lists where it is desired to limit who can post (without having a
Yes, this can only be solved with mail or special conferencing systems.
> (5) Lists used to broadcast important announcements.
> I can imagine someone who is not really into electronic discussion, but
> who needs to be a member of a couple of low activity lists because of
> their job. Such a person might well prefer email to netnews. Not
> everyone is a net junkie.
Yes, I totally agree to this. But that's because the mail and news
worlds are so separated. When I started using Unix (middle 80-ies) I
very soon wondered at why you had to use totally different programs to
read and send mail and news respectively.
We have just the above problem: Lots of students which read mail but
not news. It's rather silly to send out hundreds of copies of the same
message just because there is not a common interface to mail and news.
Yes, there _are_ differences between news and mail - those must be
evident for the user - but a good program should be able to handle
There is hope, though: People at the University of Washington have
also just these thoughts and are implementing them (Pine, IMAP2bis
Peter Svanberg, NADA, KTH Email: psv @
Dept of Num An & CS,
Royal Inst of Tech Phone: +46 8 790 71 46
S-100 44 Stockholm, SWEDEN Fax: +46 8 790 09 30