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Re: mail delivery time on nanog-l (was Re: Die thread,DIE!)

  • From: Brad Knowles
  • Date: Fri Aug 23 09:14:52 2002

At 8:50 AM -0400 2002/08/23, Richard A Steenbergen wrote:

 I've seen it be better, and I've also seen it be a lot worse. But if
 speeding up the mail delivery time can stop the endless supply of useless
 replies to things which have already been addressed, I'd suggest it's
 worth it.
See <http://www.usenix.org/publications/library/proceedings/lisa98/full_papers/chalup/chalup_html/chalup.html>. Not everyone agrees that instantaneous mail delivery will solve all problems. It might help choke off replies coming back from people who get slow mail delivery, but it's certainly not going to stop people who are slow to *check* their mail, and respond before reading all messages in the thread.

Moreover, it would be likely to encourage chat-like flaming.

 And that $300 minimum * 500 people = $150k * 3 = $750k/yr charged at
 meetings, that doesn't count?
How many of the people on this list actually go to the meetings? How many actually pay the fees? How many people who go to the meetings and pay the fees *don't* watch this list?

Maybe we should have separate lists, with one just for the people who actually pay the fees? Then they can discuss things as much as they want amongst themselves, and not have to worry about all these freebie hangers-on?


Seriously, there is no charge to join the list, and if you want to change that fact, I suspect you're going to drive away most of the people. Some of the people you drive away might not be of particular importance to you, but I can't imagine that you would want to drive away everybody who doesn't pay the $300 fee.

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