The Psychology Of Mailing Lists Revealed

Q: How Many Internet Mailing List Subscribers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

A: 1,331

and here's the accounting to prove it:
         1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail
           list that the light bulb has been changed

        14 to share similar experiences of changing light
           bulbs and how the light bulb could have been
           changed differently.

         7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.

        27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about
           changing light bulbs.

        53 to flame the spell checkers

       156 to write to the list administrator complaining about
           the light bulb discussion and its inappropriateness
           to this mail list.

        41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames.

       109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and
           to please take this email exchange to alt.lite.bulb

       203 to demand that cross posting to alt.grammar,
           alt.spelling and alt.punctuation about changing
           light bulbs be stopped.

       111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we
            all use light bulbs and therefore the posts
           **are** relevant to this mail list.

       306 to debate which method of changing light
           bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs,
           what brand of light bulbs work best for this
           technique, and what brands are faulty.

        27 to post URLs where one can see examples of
           different light bulbs

        14 to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and
           to post corrected URLs.

         3 to post about links they found from the URLs that
           are relevant to this list -- which makes light bulbs
           relevant to this list.

        33 to concatenate all posts to date, then quote
           them including all headers and footers, and then
           add "Me Too."

        12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing
           because they cannot handle the light bulb

        19 to quote the "Me Too's" to say, "Me Three."

         4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ.

         1 to propose new alt.change.lite.bulb newsgroup.

        47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion
           was meant for, leave it here.

       143 votes for alt.change.lite.bulb.
De Clarke
UCO/Lick Observatory
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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