Once they were mighty vessels of communication, plowing the Internet waters of the 1980s, 1990s. Yes, the big ships labeled “Listservs” were the place for social networking then, information exchange. I’ve remarked before about listservs being on the Quagga Trail and I keep my subscriptions to the barest minimum.
Today, after posting replying to something on the New Media Consortium members list (which does still provide me good technical and project information, and is not very noisy), I was noticing again the typical pattern on a listserv:
Some one from someplace posts a question about a technology or a project or asks for input…
And the replies come tumbling in like a cascade:
followed shortly by:
Please remove me from the list
and then someone contributed
which was thus echoed with
Take me off this list
Oh, excuse me, the captain just called us to come and look at the floating ice.