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Rainer Schöpf <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 28 Oct 2001 19:11:49 +0100
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On Sun, 28 Oct 2001, Bob Kline wrote:

 > Usually this is true for a mailing list.  However, LATEX-L is the only
 > list I have seen which has a web interface for joining the list and
 > gaining access to the archives that confirms that your registration
 > as successful, but then denies access to the archives and the posting
 > interface.  None of the automated messages sent by the interface
 > identify the address of the list administrator.  I even tried writing
 > to [log in to unmask], and while the message was
 > delivered successfully I never received a reply.  So after several
 > days I gave up and posted a message directly to the list.  It was only
 > after I got the rejection bounce of my posting that I finally had an
 > address for the list administrator.

Unfortunately, what you get is the address for the list owner, not the
administrator. I won't bother you with listserv administrivia; we list
owners are only lowly persons who are allowed to control the list policy
or membership. Controlling the interface is the realm of the listserv
administrator. [log in to unmask] seems to me the right
address to complain.

I'm also annoyed with the way the listserv is managed, and have already
moved one of my lists (CTAN-ANN) to another server. However, moving an
open list such as LATEX-L would give rise to so much confusion that I did
not propose it yet.

 > I would strongly urge that
 >  1. the web interface for registration be fixed; and
 >  2. the headers for all automated messages include the administrator's
 >     email address.

Actually, when I tried the web interface to access the archives just a few
minutes ago, it worked fine.

As for the automated messages, these are standard messages provided by
the listserv software.

 > I wonder how large the subscriber list for LATEX-L would be if the
 > interface for joining the list weren't broken.

I doubt that it makes a difference. The advertised interface for joining
is via mail, and that worked. The web interface is a very recent addition.
Of course, the configuration errors should be fixed, but I don't think it
influences the membership.

   Rainer Schöpf