message overload and the delete key

Sun, 12 Mar 1995 22:11:07 +0000

A not so minor issue in all these messages that say 'just press
the delete key if you don't like it' is that not all subscribers
receive their email for free -- some pay for the privilege of
receiving email that they have to delete. Every list develops
its own ethos regarding appropriate and inappropriate postings,
and, however difficult it may be to gauge when postings overstep
the boundary, it seems counter-productive to act as if there
shouldn't be any boundary -- unless, of course, one wants only
list members who pay nothing to receive email and have enough
time to skim every message that comes in.

Lee Komito
Dept of Sociology
Manchester Metropolian Univ