>I don't see much difference between the above example and an instance of my
>car breaking down in San Francisco (I live in Ohio), and my looking up
>Mechanics in the Yellow Pages. In this instance I am "talking about
>contacting individuals at random simply based on their presence" in the
Change Yellow to White. Actually, even then, it isn't a good analogy.
You'd have to look through the subscriber list to the San Francisco Examiner
to make the equivalent analogy.
I put my name on mailing lists to subscribe to the dialog. If I never post,
no one should know whether I'm subscribed or not. Of course, the use of the
subscriber list is really a list manager decision, and should be known by
the subscriber up front. If there is no policy, I don't think it is too
much of a leap of faith to expect that the subscriber list will not be used
except for the purposes of delivering the list traffic.
I have a feeling that this again will be another one of those "religious"
topics, on which there is no consensus.