I received this yesterday. I don't know anything much about these
folks. I see no reason not to tell them to go ahead, but I'm open to
being convinced. What does anybody else think?
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Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 16:12:56 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: request to archive mailing lists
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