On Tue, 27 Jun 95 11:30:51 EDT Info-LabVIEW List Maintainer
>Sorry, Eric: You're wrong. It's for people who run mailing lists.
>Automated or otherwise.
I see. Well, the fact that I didn't even know we were also discussing
manually maintained lists says a lot about just how well manual lists are
represented on this list.
>>ratio of Majordomo to say ListProc questions posted to the list...
>Should be the same, actually. Zero to zero equals zero.
Zero to zero may occasionally equal zero if you're talking about the
limit of an integral, series or the like and the function is such that
the limit of the quotient is zero. Here we're talking about a denumerable
set so this is plain old fashioned arithmetics and zero to zero is
undefined. But nevermind. Anyway, you may want to take a look at the
archives. There was a long, long discussion about how to handle the
countless Majordomo questions that were being sent here even though they
belonged to Majordomo-users.
>>a large list whose membership can be reasonably considered to span all
>>sorts of backgrounds and cultures (say a list like TOPTEN which all
>>sorts of people subscribe to), and ask them if they're subscribed to
>>lists, and how many, and how they're maintained. TOPTEN isn't a good
>>example though because the list of subscribers isn't public, but you
>>get the idea.
>I disagree. But that's OK.
It's not ok really, but it's normal. Statistics and probabilities aren't
particularly simple or intuitive sciences. In our everyday lives we
seldom have to worry about rigorously majoring error margins and the
like. We make ballpark estimates based on our intuition and that's good
enough. When we're not sure we ask around. But of course when the issue
at hand is making a statement like "x% of lists are managed this way", we
have to be more careful, especially as the statement will be repeated and
become an urban legend. The truth is that no one knows and the normal
statistical approaches would require a large sample in order to properly
represent all professional fields, countries, cultures, types of
connectivity, etc. And yes, there are significant variations from one to