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Message no. 1
From: "XaOs [David Goth]" <xaos@*****.NET>
Subject: [OT] RE: Life Cycle of Mailing lists
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 16:10:43 -0600
> 4.Community (lots of threads, some more relevant than others; lots of
> information and advice is exchanged; experts help other experts as well as
> less experienced colleagues; friendships develop; people tease each other;
> newcomers are welcomed with generosity and patience; everyone -- newbie
> and
> expert alike -- feels comfortable asking questions, suggesting answers,
> and
> sharing opinions).

> 2.Maturity
> (a few people quit in a huff; the rest of the participants stay near stage
> 4, with stage 5 popping up briefly every few weeks; many people wear out
> their second or third 'delete' key, but the list lives contentedly ever
> after).

I'd say this list is at an almost perpetual state of Community/Maturity.
Certain events may flare up that provoke some people. (Browser/OS wars.
PhysAd vs Sam. Shaman vs. Hermetic. New editions. GenCon. TSR. Woodchucks.)
These events usually run their course quickly, and are easily avoided.

Having been on a number of email lists, I'm very impressed with the way this
one handles itself.

-David Goth-

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