I actually think, it's not that great idea to crosspost between
mailing-lists from different sites... (but that might be just me)
I disagree, but apologise if I'm in the wrong.
The problem with cross-posting is that most people are not subscribed
to both lists.
I actually count that as a benefit. If the same people were on both
lists, then there'd be no point x-posting as they'd all receive the
same mail twice.
Hence, the suggestions and threads get quickly out of hand with
content coming from one list or the other and being snipped and
quoted in a manner that frustrates someone actually trying to follow
the thread. It's cool to post the same question to different lists
and see what you get, just don't CC them together...
Whether I CC both lists or send the same question twice is a matter of
MTA overloading. As I run my MTS I don't care how much extraneous
data I send ;-)
I think we should agree that I sent the same data on two occasions and
hence close the thread before the moderators do ;-)
I don't mean to be a dick or overly insistent, but I don't think you
caught my gist (because I didn't explain it very well). It's not about
the load on the mail servers at all. It's about a person from list A
reading a message cross-posted to lists A and B, perhaps seeing a
response from a member of list A, and then a follow-up from the
original poster [OP] which quotes a reply (or three) he got on a list
B. Since most lists require you to be subscribed to post your reply,
the reply posted to list B never appeared on list A. This causes a
discontinuity in the thread which can often be many responses deep. If
the OP is properly quoting and snipping and everyone is either
top-posting or bottom-posting, this isn't necessarily so bad (it would
actually be pretty good). This is a very big if however and you rarely
see it ever work out so well (even on one list!). I know that
newsgroup readers abhor multi-posting but I feel that it's the only
logical way to go on mailing lists. I strive to make the mailing lists
I participate in a valuable resource that can be archived and searched
to help solve problems. The discontinuities introduced from
cross-posting only increase the chance that you're archiving a rat's
nest of a thread.
I stfw looking for corroboration for multi-posting on mailing lists
and didn't find much. In the two years I've been using mailing lists I
have always gotten the sense that cross-posting is a no no. Am I
wrong? How come there isn't mailing list netiquette FAQ somewhere
detailing the pros and cons? or did I just miss it?
thanks and sorry for wasting everyone's precious time,
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