On Sat, 2 May 1998, Gabe Helou wrote:
> If you're going to flip hamburgers, you should be a competent
> hamburger flipper. If you're going to run a mailing list, you
> should be a competent list admin.
Now we are getting close a pertinent topic. Would you or anyone else
care to define the skills needed to become a "competent list admin"?
I'll try a brief outline:
Use and understand the listowner commands for the server software
used by the list such as:
Change subscription modes
Approve moderated posts if applicable
Archive commands (search and retrieve)
Special feature server commands as apply to software used
Read and understand most bounces. (some server software and or
add-on software largely supersedes this skill requirement)
Enter alternative subscriber addresses as may be required.
Diplomatic and personnel management skills:
General understanding of netiquette.
Define list charter.
Define list subscriber entrance requirements if applicable.
Define list posting guidelines.
Enforce posting guidelines with minimal impact on discussion.
Recruit, train and organize co-admins if applicable.
That's a start. Best I can do on short notice early Sunday morning.
Dissect my proposals will. There are two broad types of skills needed
to become a good list admin: technical skills and diplomatic skills.
IMHO, it is easier to train a technically ignorant list manager than
it is to train someone who has poor social skills in the diplomatic
- murr -