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Subject: Re: List Administration ...
Bill Mattox, of Viacore, said "...one gentleman at the recent meeting in Brussels referred to [the number of messages being pumped out by the listserver] as bordering on SPAM, and particularly problematic for those who travel a great deal and therefore forced to use slow links... especially when the mail includes attachments." I may have been the most vocal criticizing the habit of posting again and again the same attachments. But my good friends in BP have now figured out how to get their documents uploaded to the server so the rest of us can choose, or choose not, to download them at our leisure. Bill further muses "has anyone considered replacing this with a discussion server? That would not only provide a message tree structure for reconstructing the history of a particular thread, but would be a pull, as opposed to a push method, of communication, which would be far more practical insofar as it would allow the end user to control the message bandwidth." I don't think there's any need for OASIS to spend time and money on exotic Web technology when e-mail and the listserver works fine as they are, assuming 1) cross-posting is kept to a minimum, 2) listserve junkies don't sign up (those who sign up for each and every list they hear of, from Basque separatism to recovering Catholics, and then complain loudly on the listserve that they want to get off), 3) appropriate subject headings are chosen, 4) people don't keep the full text of each and every message in the thread at the bottom of their own message - summarize instead (if it's not worth summarizing the messages being responded to, then it's probably not worth responding), and finally - the most important - 5) big files are not attached, but rather placed in the working pages of the relevant teams. For those who don't want to get e-mail on ebXML throughout the day, they may choose a digest mode subscription (if available). Or better yet, they can remove themselves from the lists and simply review the archives on a periodic basis. OASIS needs to clean up their archives act, but in general the archives are available at http://www.xml.org/archives/. The links are incorrect - for example, if you select EBXML-TRANSPORT, you'll get "The page cannot be found." But all you have to do is go to the browser address line and remove trailing "maillist.html". From there, you'll be able to review the cumulative monthly archives, or look at the hMonArc HTML archives organized by year and month. William J. Kammerer FORESIGHT Corp. 4950 Blazer Memorial Pkwy. Dublin, OH USA 43017-3305 (614) 791-1600 Visit FORESIGHT Corp. at http://www.foresightcorp.com/ "Commerce for a New World" ======================================================================= = This is ebXML, the general mailing list for the ebXML committee = = The owner of this list is email@example.com = = = = To unsubscribe, send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with = = the following in the body of the message: = = unsubscribe ebxml = = If you are subscribed using a different email address, put the = = address you subscribed with at the end of the line; e.g. = = unsubscribe ebxml email@example.com = =======================================================================
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