Try Evaluating this Mailing List

Some general questions to ask about mailing lists and their archives:


Try answering the following questions about the mailing list below:

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Who is this list aimed at?

  1. Anyone
    No, look at the description of the list again!
  2. Students of latin american studies, researchers and library staff
    Correct!
  3. Information isn't available
    The information can be found at the top of the list page.

Is there an archive of the messages available?

Are the messages searchable?


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Is the list open to non members?

How many messages are posted to the list each month (on average)?

  1. 0-10
    No, look again at the Total of messages to date.
  2. 11-30
    No, look again at the Total of messages to date.
  3. 31-50
    No, look again at the Total of messages to date.
  4. 51-75
    Correct, on average there are 54 messages to the list a month.
  5. over 100
    No, look again at the Total of messages to date.

Who would you contact to get more information about the list?

  1. Mailbase
    No, only technical queries should be sent to Mailbase.
  2. List owners
    Correct.
  3. List members
    No, the list is an inappropriate forum for general questions about the list.

What conclusions do you draw about the quality of this site?


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