[Mailman-Users] Mailman Questions

Chip Mefford cmefford at eruditium.org
Fri Apr 15 14:18:48 CEST 2005

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Brad Knowles wrote:
| At 10:12 AM +0100 2005-04-14, Filipe Carrera wrote:
|>  What are the main diferences between Mailman and Yahoo Groups?
|     See
| <http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py?req=show&file=faq01.026.htp>.

There are other considerations as well that may or may not be important.

Reasons that I use mailman, and willingly host mailman lists for others
as opposed to using Yahoo groups include;

~  I have no commercial interest in providing the "free" service.
~  I am not aware under what model the Yahoo "free" service operates.
~    a, Seems that all the yahoo groups messages I ever receive
~       have an advertisement attached. While I am no opposed to
~       advertising, I don't like having my name associated with
~       products and services with which I have no experience and
~       may be unwilling to endorse.

~    b, I am concerned, due to Yahoo's eula, that email addresses
~       may be shared with commercial vendors, and that signing
~       up for a Yahoo group implies at least some level of "opt-in".

~  Also, I can control and deal with "issues" as they arise with my
~  mailman lists. Yahoo has all the control of their groups. This isn't
~  necessarily a bad thing, but it's hard to say who will end up owning
~  Yahoo's intellectual property in the future.

There are many other concerns I have with services such as Yahoo groups.
I think Yahoo is doing a good job providing their customers with good
service in many regards. I personally don't want to play by their rules,
so I make my own playground and invite others to play there if they

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