Re: [-empyre-] Size matters?

Alan Sondheim wrote:

Almost every list I'm on concerns itself one way or another with archiving, and how the archive functions.

My experience is different. I'm on 37 real mailinglists (just counted them ;) 21 of them have no archive and nearly all of those 21 have less than 20 members but what's maybe of more interest here is that they are closed lists and that you know most of the people on this lists in person.
I think especially the last years there's a tendency to set up small closed lists (amongst others by artists) because the "larger" open lists with archives are: 1. getting more and more in the grip of what you could call political interests (in the sense that you watch out before you email something, because who knows who's reading your mail and it's all rereadable in the archives) 2. unpredictable, in the sense that you don't know how people respond, if they respond and all 3. with more people connected to the net you get local lists with just friends on it where you can talk about easy about banal and local things, etc.


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