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Subject: Re: philosophy: linked vs. autonomous list servers
From: Eric Thomas <ERIC @ SEARN . SUNET . SE>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 1995 10:05:36 +0200
To: List-Managers @ greatcircle . com, ckk @ uchicago . edu
In-reply-to: Message of Tue, 31 Oct 1995 13:01:19 -0600 from list-managers-owner @ GreatCircle . COM

On Tue, 31 Oct 1995 13:01:19 -0600 ckk @
 uchicago .
 edu said:

>Majordomo, on the  other hand, and SmartList, do not  share this linking
>philosophy. They  implement an  autonomous list  server host.  Many list
>managers require privacy  in varying degrees, and  would actively RESIST
>having their list info shared among all list servers in the world.
>So there are these two philosophies about mailing lists, as reflected in
>these various software implementations.

There  are  21,811 LISTSERV  lists,  of  which  only 7,518  are  globally
advertised. The rest are completely private,  you have no way to find the
name unless someone tells you. On top of that there are servers which are
not  linked to  the worldwide  LISTSERV network  at all  (mostly internal
corporate servers where not one list should be advertised). So this isn't
a philosophical difference, it's a simple policy decision.


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