On Tue, 31 Oct 1995 13:01:19 -0600 ckk @
>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.