RARA-AVIS: Happy Anniversary, RARA-AVIS

William Denton (buff@vex.net)
Fri, 9 Jan 1998 21:19:50 -0500 (EST) Hi,

The list had its first anniversary on Wednesday. I thought I'd cobble
together a few statistics about the list and send them out, along with
some information about iComm, who provide the facilities to run the
list. Please read the blurb at the bottom.

Messages per month in 1997:
January: 257
February: 179
March: 57
April: 203
May: 311
June: (lost)
July: 20 (partially lost)
August: 73
September: 105
October: 135
November: 201
December: 230

iComm's hard drive crashed in the summer and some of the archives were
lost. The subscriber list was lost too, and it took a while for
people to come back and for traffic to build up again. There are
currently 91 people on the regular list and 72 on the digest, for a
total of 163. This includes people in Australia, Canada, Denmark,
England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, the
United States and WebTV.

The list has worked out better than I ever expected. There have been
some flames and meandering discussions a couple of times, but aside
from that every has been very good about staying close to the subject
at hand: hardboiled fiction, and things related to it. The
subscribers include writers, collectors, booksellers, academics,
shamus addicts and new fans of the sub-genre. Some post regularly,
most people lurk, but everyone seems to like it. I encourage the
lurkers to come out of the shadows!

I don't get a lot of feedback from subscribers, but what I've got has
been positive. If anyone has any suggestions, comments, or even
criticisms, please let me know.

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William Denton | Toronto, Canada | http://www.vex.net/~buff/ | Caveat lector.
  "It is better to incur a mild rebuke than to perform an onerous task."
                                   -- "Uncle" Oswald Hendryks Cornelius

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