Paul Hoffman writes
> If you're interested, Eric, I have some experience with Mailman (though
> not with Listserv) and would be happy if I can -- I have some scripts to
> do bulk operations (add or remove subscribers, etc.) and could also help
> to migrate the list archive.
I find that this is the most important contribution I have seen here
in this thread.
I have run Mailman over ten years for NEP
I am also running it for NYLUG
It's not just a case of running a box that has Mailman on it. It's
also important to have an infrastructure that sends bulk email and
that is not landing up in spam filters. And it's a matter of
spam filtering on the list email sending box. The NEP server has a
score of 99/100 last time I looked but you don't get there instantaneously.
You also need a hoster that is email friendly.
So the list of tasks as I see it is
1. Find a sponsor for a dedicated root server, have them pay for the
server. You can get a server for about $50 a month.
2. Decide on a domain and set up access for server admin
to domain records, including SPF and DKIM.
3. Set up the server with linux.
4. Set email software (exim or postfix or ...) and mailman or sympa, as
well as say spam assassin.
5. Migrate members and email archives.
For somebody who knows what (s)he is doing 2-4 is not a big deal
but it needs a few hours of work and a commitment to some maintenance.
5 is the job that dwarfs everything else. But if Paul is volunteering
(or could be sponsored) to lead that forward then you have a realistic
case to run it on a community and open-source base.
Thomas Krichel http://openlib.org/home/krichel