Murr Rhame <murr @
> 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:
This is an excellent summary - these are skills that a "competent list
admin" must have. Depending on the nature of the list some other skills
may be needed (e.g. if you run a list for churchplanters you'll should
be able to recognize false apostles for what they are.)
Those who have been arguing that there is a need for more in-depth
technical knowledge on the part of the list-admin are missing that
such technical knowledge can be provided by a site admin, a consultant
or some other knowledgeable person who is willing to help out whenever
the need arises.
The one point I'd like to see added is this:
Know it when outside technical advice is needed and be determined enough
to get it.
> Technical skills:
> 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.
Add a comment here that there are legal aspects (e.g. related to copyright)
of what posts will be acceptable, as well as social ones.
> Enforce posting guidelines with minimal impact on discussion.
> Recruit, train and organize co-admins if applicable.
> - murr -
Norbert Bollow, Zuerich, Switzerland Backup E-mail address: NB @
Churchplanters E-mail conference, see http://genesis.acu.edu/cplant/