[OS X TeX] FAQ or Archive

Joseph C. Slater joseph.slater at wright.edu
Thu Jul 15 21:58:24 CEST 2004

On Jul 15, 2004, at 2:57 PM, Samuel Lelievre wrote:

> A very small point about the list footer:
> The recently posted request for an eye-catching "FAQ"
> mention in the list footer might simply mean that the
> current footer is not eye-catching enough --- perhaps
> because one can be too lazy to read a sentence in the
> list footer.
> Thus the footer might even be made that short:
> ---------- TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List ----------
> Web page: <http://www.esm.psu.edu/mac-tex/>
> Post: <mailto:MacOSX-TeX at email.esm.psu.edu>

I agree that this should work, too. However, as Alain has noted, many 
will not read anything down there. They will not read the obligations 
of being on the list, not even well enough to know that there are 
obligations someplace. Tens of messages each day with that web site in 
the footer, yet they never venture to click on it. For the life of me I 
can't understand how someone could figure out how to get on this list 
without knowing that the mac-tex pages even exist. That's where you 
sign up! It's like going to the Eiffel Tower and not knowing that Paris 
exists. How does one miss it! If this list had sign-on instructions 
elsewhere (which I hope that nobody has done), then I would understand. 
But, you have to go through the web site to get onto the list. How does 
one not notice the web site?


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