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Subject: Re: Is the lists command legit?
From: Stan Ryckman <stanr @ sunspot . tiac . net>
Organization: Amber & Sneakers Fan Club
Date: Sun, 1 Sep 1996 22:38:44 -0400 (EDT)
To: lazlo @ swcp . com (Lazlo Nibble)
Cc: list-managers @ greatcircle . com
In-reply-to: <199608302157 . PAA28397 @ kitsune . swcp . com> from "Lazlo Nibble" at Aug 30, 96 03:57:39 pm

> > Let me pose a question, and see how list managers feel about this. I'm a
> > biological oceanographer and don't subscribe to any lists in physical
> > oceanography, but I have a lot of colleagues in physical oceanography
> > and often want to contact them for legitimate scientific reasons. Am I
> > commiting a serious abuse if I look at the subscriber lists in physical
> > oceanography to see if I can find Email address of my colleagues?
> It sounds from your example like you're talking about contacting
> individuals at random simply based on their presence on a particular
> interest list.  If so, yes, I consider that abusive behavior.  My
> presence on a mailing list is an invitation for mail *from that list*,
> not from anyone else.

I read it differently.

I think he's talking about looking at subscriber lists to try and find
a particular person, not "contacting individuals at random", and I'd
think that's OK.  Of course, the person (or list subscribers) might
be hidden anyway, but that's another issue.


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