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starship-design: administrivia: list policy update

Appended below is the latest list information that new
subscribers will get when subscribing to the list or that you can 
get by mailing the command "info starship-design" to

The main changes are some more explicit guidelines for posting
(messages should be less than 40,000 characters and not contain
binary or HTML attachments), and the addition of a paragraph
describing conditions under which I may unsubscribe list members.
I have occasionally had to unsubscribe addresses that began
rejecting list postings persistently; in such cases if the
address is bouncing mail then there's not much point to it being
on the list and I have no way to contact the person at that
address to let them know.

The other clause about unsubscribing list members who are
excessively disruptive to the list is one that I hope never to
have to invoke.  I want to emphasize that I did not add it
because of anyone's past activity on the starship-design list;
this mailing list is one of the most civil and consistently
intelligent lists I have been on and you are an excellent group
of people.  However, as the list grows in size the possibility of
such behavior increases, and I want to be able to make sure that
the list remains topical and pleasant for its current and new

[Last updated on: Thu Apr 15 10:45:30 1999]
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College of Starship Design section.  The original forum hosted at
that web site centered around the development of a hypothetical
manned mission to the Tau Ceti star system by the year 2050.  The
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