Re: TELECOM Digest: Pat _was_ in the Hospital

I don't, however, think the moderation of a mailing list is property

> that can be sold. > [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Well, maybe a mailing list is property > which can be sold, or maybe it is not ... I do know that several years > ago -- when a company called 'TOPICA' was quite active (remember them, > anyone?) Topica management offered me one dollar per each name on my > mailing list...

I wasn't thinking about it that way, but now I think you are right. The list can be sold. As a matter of fact, I knew somebody who did sell an email list. He was producing a rather specialized newsletter that had paid subscribers.

If PT is the only one who can decide who is moderator, then that is > something that he can decide to sell, should he so choose. Who can > prevent him? > [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Actually, some of you newcomers who > started reading this Digest since 1993 do not recall -- maybe never > even heard of -- the great battle that year over comp.dcom.telecom. > There were some people then -- they are still around today -- who do > not care for my moderation of c.d.t, thus they began c.d.t.t. as a > work around. They were going to have an election for a new moderator > and vote for someone else. But one or more of the 'Usenet authorities' > (at least at that time it was David Lawrence ['tale'] and Gene > Spafford told them they could not do it; the technical reason is > because c.d.t. is not actually a Usenet newsgroup. Its origin was as > an ARPA (Advanced Research Projects) newsgroup which had been split > off from HumanNets and was merely _ported_ into Usenet each > day. Therefore the rules which apply to Usenet did not apply to c.d.t.

I think that is what I was forgetting when I made my initial comment. I have pulled TD off Usenet for years, although I was a subscriber before that. Strangely, the main reason I use the Usenet mirror is that I read both groups, and have since the beginnings of cdtt. I don't remember, or was never aware of, the fight, but I do recall they wanted a newsgroup that was more focused on the technology of telecom, which they are. cdt is more focused on the history and sociology of the field. I enjoy both. I don't know who, if anybody moderates cdtt these days, but it has gone quiet enough it could easily be merged back into cdt.

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John McHarry
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