LISA 2001 Abstract
Dynamic Sublists: Scaling Unmoderated Mailing Lists
Ellen Spertus, Mills College; Robin Jeffries, Sun Microsystems, Inc.; Kiem Sie, Mills College
Unmoderated electronic mailing lists suffer from the paradox that
the more successful they are, the more difficult they are to use and
administer because of the increasing number of users and discussions.
Traditional solutions to this problem, such as creating static
sublists or providing a Web interface, are not always desirable. We
discuss the problems with traditional solutions and present dynamic
sublists, an approach to scaling online communities that increases
communication opportunities without overwhelming users or
administrators. We have built a system, Javamlm, implementing dynamic
sublists, and report on its implementation, use, and future.
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