At 09:33 AM 5/3/98 -0400, Rich Kulawiec wrote:
>On Sun, May 03, 1998 at 08:06:54AM -0400, murr rhame wrote:
>> Technical skills:
>> Use and understand the listowner commands for the server software
>> used by the list such as:
> Understanding of limitations/bugs in various packages and ability
> to choose between packages.
There may be no choice for a given site. Having that choice is not a
technical skill, anyway.
> Basic understanding of SMTP protocol.
'Scuse me, since when does a listowner need to get SMTP working?
> Basic understanding of DNS (including MX records).
'Scuse me? I think you're confusing listowner with site administrator.
Understanding MX missles would be just as useful for most listowners.
> Thorough understanding of RFC 822 headers.
No. Maybe "basic" here (Sender vs. From vs. Reply-To) but you
won't find experts even agreeing about other things (such as the
correct use of Resent-* headers by mailing lists). Of little use to
a listowner except maybe to explain Reply-To to really novice subscribers.
> Knowledge of de facto conventions (e.g. "-request").
Unless mail addressed to *-request at his list will actually be delivered
to him, this is irrelevant to a listowner. Addressing is generally
a function of the MLM software in use. Rephrased as "knowledge of the
addressing conventions of the MLM software being used," I might agree.
> Ability to use whois/traceroute and other network tools to find
> users, sites, admins, etc.
Overkill. Site admins may need these things. Listowners hardly do.
Furthermore, many listowners *only* have email access to run the list,
not any login privileges, and this is sufficient when the MLM software
> Awareness of privacy/copyright/etc. issues which have varying
> impact on mailing list subscribers.
I don't see why it's necessary rather than nice-to-have.