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From: "Michael C. Berch" <mcb>
Date: Thu, 23 May 1996 15:08:50 -0700 (PDT)
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From: Eric Thomas <ERIC @
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Subject:     Re: Standard sign-on, sign-of, etc.
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In-Reply-To: Message of Wed, 22 May 1996 09:21:38 -0400 (EDT) from
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This has already been discussed and re-discussed and re-re-discussed. The
bottom  line is  that in  4 weeks  it will  have been  10 years  that the
syntaxes of  SUBSCRIBE and SIGNOFF  were established, this is  the syntax
users are used to and read about in Internet books, most packages support
it, and packages that don't can  be trivially modified to support it. The
main issue is where  you send the command, and this  is where the flaming
just  goes on  and on.  LISTSERV  supports listname-server  as a  product
independent method to refer to the MLM  in charge of the list in question
(which is  also useful when you  run multiple MLMs on  the same machine).
Others have  proposed 'listmaster' and  yet others have pointed  out that
this is usually the address of the human who manages the list. To a large
extent, this is something for the authors of the main packages to decide,
and/or  for their  respective  constituencies to  lobby  for. This  isn't
something for an ad hoc group to attempt to regulate.


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