Hi. I'm the GEnie Postmaster and Internet System Operator.
I'll try to answer the questions as best I can.
> From: Michelle Dick <artemis @
> Date: Wed, 11 Aug 93 04:04:00 -0700
> Subject: Dealing with GEnie
> One of the members of my mailing list just made a shocking revalation.
> She said that GEnie is "archiving the Fatfree Digest on their Food &
> Wine Library". What the heck does she mean (I know nothing about
> GEnie)? I do have two members who get the digest through their GEnie
> accounts. Does GEnie operate local exploders? Is one of my members
> uploading the digest to some sort of pool? And why the heck wasn't I
The "Food and Wine RoundTable" is much like a newsgroup or
mailing list dedicated to anything and everything about Food and
Wine, including Beer drinking and dietary concerns.
GEnie RoundTables usually consist of at least three parts:
a bulletin board (discussion area)
a real-time conference area (like talk, phone, or irc)
a software (file) library (like ftp)
>From the statement "archiving...[in the] Library" it sounds as
though one of the members of the RoundTable (and perhaps one
of the Sysops of it) is uploading each issue to the library to
share it with other F&W RT members. Typically this is compressed
into a .ZIP file to save on connect time, but I don't know this
of first-hand knowledge in the case of the F&W RT.
GEnie does not operate local expanders, although I have thought
that this might be a good way to reduce traffic on the gateway
machine. I don't have any data to back up this supposition,
As to why you were not informed I have no idea.
> Not sure how I feel about this (especially since I don't know exactly
> what is going on). Afterall, GEnie is a for-profit system and I don't
> like the idea of them using my mailing list (which I provide for free)
> as some sort of service that they are providing for a fee (especially
> when they don't ask my permission). Individual email is one thing, an
> archive is a whole 'nother beast.
GEnie users are charged for connect time whether they download
from the library in a compressed form or via individual electronic
mail (which is not compressed). I do understand how you feel,
as I sometimes feel the same way about other things. (long story).
> - --
> Michelle Dick
> artemis @
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