Try Evaluating this Mailing List
Some general questions to ask about mailing
lists and their archives:
what is the purpose of the list?
who is the list aimed at and what type of messages are acceptable to send?
is the list moderated? (i.e. do messages have to pass the scrutiny of the
list owner before they are posted to the list) If so what is the status
of the moderator?
how many members does the list have and what is their status?
how much traffic is there on the list? (i.e. how many messages are posted
is the list open (anyone can join) or closed?
does the list have a home page?
are archives of the list messages available? If so how far back do they
go? Can they be keyword searched?
Try answering the following questions about the mailing list below:
Who is this list aimed at?
- Students of latin american studies, researchers and library staff
- Information isn't available
Is there an archive of the
Are the messages searchable?
Is the list open to non members?
How many messages are posted
to the list each month (on
- over 100
Who would you contact to get
more information about the list?
- List owners
- List members
What conclusions do you draw about the
quality of this site?
Am I right?
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