"Chuq" == Chuq Von Rospach firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Chuq> Are there any other benefits to being googled than being a Chuq> walking billboard to the list?
Yes. I do see a fair number of "non-subscriber" posts that go "we need to do job X, and according to a post I dug up googling for `job X' you can do this". It's hard to see how you can replace google for that purpose for XEmacs ... many values of "job X" you wouldn't normally associate with a text editor, even XEmacs. Those people are not going to go fishing in our archives, even if we had a reliable search function. So there is a lot of information in those archives that people are not going to be able to access without Google.
OTOH, I suspect that's pretty rare for Mailman, or even Python. Sure, you'll see the "job X" post, but they'll already know that Mailman or Python might do it, usually no need for Google, and definitely not to dig into ML archives. XEmacs is a special case.
I'll admit I'm not proud of the fact that it also publishes all those addresses, but I've got other things to do than sink a lot of time into changing something that's a long established practice at my organization, set up by somebody who knows a lot more about all this than me (and I'd really rather it stayed that way), and nominally a third person's job in any case.