[meta-sig] RE: [meta-sig] [Fwd: Re: [META-SIG] Switchover to mailman]

Barry A. Warsaw bwarsaw@CNRI.Reston.Va.US (Barry A. Warsaw)
Thu, 26 Feb 1998 10:44:58 -0500 (EST)

>>>>> "GMF" == Geoffrey M Furnish <furnish@xdiv.lanl.gov> writes:

    GMF> I think subscribership info should be publicly viewable by
    GMF> default. If specific individuals wish to hide their address
    GMF> from visibility, I would not deny them that privilege.  Kind
    GMF> of like phone #'s in the phone book.

There should be several options along the line of private, anonymously 
subscribed to fully public.  Users should have an option of having
only their name (and not email) displayed, both their name and email,
or neither displayed.  Of course private members still need to be able 
to edit their personal records.

Maybe that hints to a structure where Mailman maintains a database of
member information.  It would be cool if this could be collated such
that if I wanted to change my contact email address, or password, I'd
only have to change this once, not for every list I'm on.  I'd also be 
able to view my record, which would tell me which lists I'm on, and
the subscription policy for each list.  Mailman would then extract
from this information the address necessary for sendmail :include:

Mailman might already do some of this; I haven't looked at the code at 

This is all very cool.  I hope Ken can get the mailman-developers list 
up and running soon.  It would be a nice experiment of the
bizarre^H^H^H^H^H^Hazaar concept of software development.  I'm sure
this could make serious inroads in the Majordomo world.

Just some thoughts.