[Mailman-Users] Advantages

Peter Shute pshute at nuw.org.au
Wed Dec 3 11:40:23 CET 2014

I would have thought the biggest problem with a Cc list is keeping the list up to date. If new people need to be added, removed or updated, people may use an old list for a long time after. It may be impossible to get some people to update it ever, or they might update then revert to an old one.

If it's only a few people then a cc list can work ok, but it can be near impossible to set up usable message rules.

Peter Shute

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> On 3 Dec 2014, at 1:39 pm, Barry S. Finkel <bsfinkel at att.net> wrote:
>> On 12/2/2014 6:05 PM, rex at rexgoode.com wrote:
>> I have been a long-time user of mailman and have been on many mailing
>> lists.
>> I am also part of a professional association of social workers that
>> operate in my area. They have been using a list of addresses in a Cc
>> field to manage their mailing list. I can't imagine anything more
>> fraught with problems than that, but I can't convince these people to
>> let me host a mailman mailing list for them.
>> I can think of a lot of advantages myself, but I'm wondering if anyone
>> has seen a good list somewhere. I'm a strange combination of software
>> engineer and social worker, so I understand both worlds. My social
>> worker colleagues tend to think of something like a mailing list as
>> complicating things rather than simplifying them.
>> I'm not necessarily asking for a discussion here, but I'd like some
>> feedback on this.
>> Viva Mailman!
>> Rex Goode
> Using a "Cc:" list has problems:
> 1) Someone might omit one or more addresses, and then some of the
>    intended recipients will not get the e-mail.  And it may be a
>    different group, depending upon which sender omits which addresses.
> 2) An e-mail with too many recipient addresses might be classified as
>    spam by a recipient's ISP, and using a "Bcc:" list avoids this
>    problem but then no one knows the entire recipient list for replying.
> These are the first two that come to mind, and I think that with these
> two, you do not need any more reasons to avoid using a Mailman list.
> And Mailman provides an archive of the postings and can control
> who can post to the list.
> --Barry Finkel
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