Thursday, September 14, 17:36 CDT
Well, turns out eGroups just sticks a 5 line (including the dividers) text ad at the top of each message. Possibly tolerable.

I'll look for other alternatives (such as shelling out the few bucks a month for one free of ads), but this seems like it'd be worth a shot.

Of course, I have no idea how well the concept of a family mailing list will work. Might fall completely flat, but why not try it?

(CarolAnn, if you happen to be reading this, e-mail me at bbearnes@hardlink.com. Don't have your address.)

Thursday, September 14, 14:11 CDT
I've been thinking about setting up a mailing list of some sort for my extended family on the Bearnes side, since it seems like most of us have access to e-mail these days... Not really sure how to go about it, though.

eGroups is tempting - they basically provide a free list server with the option to access (as well as moderate) it via their web site... Of course, you know there has to be a catch... You can't just provide a service like this on a huge scale out of the goodness of your heart with no business model. (A catch other than it appears Yahoo just bought them out...) I assume they're working on an advertising model, which might or might not be worth the trade off. Just depends on how intrusive the advertising would be, I suppose - do they send separate e-mails, or append ads to every message sent through their service? Or maybe just depend on the banner ads on their web site? (I'd think that'd be risky.)

Note that it doesn't say *anything* about advertising anywhere on their site, that I've been able to find.

Ahhh, here we go. "Check the boxes to receive special offers about your favorite interests!". I'll give them bonus points for not having any of the checkboxes pre-selected. But you know you'd regret the decision to let them spam (ok, legally I suppose it would constitue solicited commercial e-mail and therefore not quite spam, but either way it'd suck) you... The question is, do they give the same option to everyone who joins a list?

Argh! Of course they require cookies, and I'm running junkbuster... Ok, so add egroups.com to the domains allowed to send me cookies...

Guess I'll give this a shot.