Both lists have been fairly quiet recently; most of the messages are from some guy who insists on writing about things like typhoons in 1875
Sadly, that author is not receiving residuals for those posts; otherwise he'd probably be able to buy himself a luxury suite on the Queen Mary 2, if not a condo overlooking the Cunard Piers.
I used to be on 2 emailed Titanic lists- one was Mark Taylor's list- and I was on another one- I forget the name of that one- Anyway, I changed my email address, and want to get back on the lists- anyone know how I can do that?
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I enjoy both lists- But things are nowhere near as active as they were 10 years ago- I dont know if it's because many of the listees defected to ET, or what- there used to be some great debates on mark's list, i hope that will happen again- then there were the infamous 'Eric wars', which was akin to watching a trainwreck - but flame wars come with the territory of the internet......
I really enjoy the posts about 'this day in White Star Line History'....
I was one of those Titanic buffs on both lists through the 1990s, and eventually I migrated here to ET- But I still like the lists...
It's because of both of those lists that I thank God for ET giving me a sane outlet of Titanic discussion for a change. What I went through at those places, and on a deja board as well, nearly had the effect of making me wish I'd never been a Titanic enthusiast.
I do admit, I havent seen any bickering on ET that could compare to what used to pop up on the lists..The squabbles were what made me defect to ET without looking back. But when the lists were squabble free- they were great, and a wonderful source for Titanic information, and great discussions. It seems here most of us get on quite well- A squabble or two might happen, but nothing serious- I never could understand why the other Eric brought such venom to the lists..
I have never seen him on ET....
Let's not relive---or recount---what happened in the past on the several mailing lists (or any other online Titanic fora, for that matter). Suffice it to say that they're all relatively placid places now.
In case you're not aware of it, Tarn, the "other Eric" died about three or four years ago.
It's one of those things, Tarn. People move on, especially many of the pople who became so thrilled with Titanic after James Cameron's film, while others have had to deal with conflicting and/or other interests.
We will see if the administrator of the one list will soon be "gracing these pages", adding his many "pearls of wisdom" and great insights.
Yes, Mr. M, I can see you saying "Would you like a bigger shovel, Mr. Clifford??"
I concider myself part of the problem- For most of the 1990s I was a regular on both lists and posted daily- In 2002 I found ET- I jumped ship and came here..I stayed on both lists, but only lurked, and posted mainly on the ET boards..I have a hunch many listees did the same- Its a shame, as the lists had some really informative debates..I wish i had posted there more often- Its probrolly because of people like me who defected to ET and TRMA that the lists lost many members, and thus may be shutting down.....
>>I was very sad to hear tonight that one of the lists will soon closing down.....<<
So was I, but I'm not really surprised. Time has moved on and webside forums, both public and private have come to dominate the field. It's not so much a lack of interest, although that's a part of the picture, but the fact that something handier and more popular came along. I'm sure there are still some e-mail based listserves out there, but I expect the numbers will get fewer as time goes on.