[Mailman-Users] Mailman digest issues

Richard Damon Richard at Damon-Family.org
Wed Aug 13 13:37:55 CEST 2014

On 8/13/14, 3:53 AM, Henrik Rasmussen wrote:
> On 08/12/2014 6:56 PM, Mark Sapiro wrote:
>> A volume is a set of issues. The very first digest is Volume 1, Issue 1.
>> The next is Volume 1, Issue 2 and so on. After digest_volume_frequency elapses, the next digest is Volume 2, Issue 1, and so on.
>> Most print periodicals work the same way.
> What is the purpose of using both Volumes and issues? I mean, wouldn't a single counter (like Issue) be sufficient? I ask simply to understand the nature, and relations between Digest options (where exist).
> Henrik Rasmussen
I can't help with why you aren't getting digests, but for this question, 
the basic answer is as Mark said, Tradition. Print periodicals are 
typically numbered with a Volume and Issue. This possibly allows them to 
be bound or at least collected into volumes for archival purposes. The 
Digest has adopted this mode of numbering (but there is no digest 
archive provided so no binding of them into Volumes).

It does allow for referring to a recent issue with a smaller number, as 
if you can presume recent (shorter time frame than Volume numbering), 
then just the issue number is sufficient to specify a digest. I would 
say that Volumes are typically done on an Annual basis, but I could 
imagine using Monthly for a very active list.

Richard Damon

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