I used to send a command to the listserver once in a while to get the number
of list subscribers. A few years ago I started getting messages saying that
I was not authorized to use the command.  The number has been pretty steady
at about 250 members since I joined the list until I was denied access to
the information.  Maybe it was at the end of last year that Peter M. was
having some trouble with the list. He sent a command and as a side-effect he
got the number of members sent back.  I remember him writing that the number
was about 200.

The number of list members would have almost no effect on Missouri's
resources. The number of bytes being stored would (number of posts, sizes of
the posts, attachments.)

   Rick Parker

On Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:58:35 -0400, Ken Armstrong
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>On 7/30/2013 7:09 AM, Tom Colket wrote:
>> A discussion list has to have a critical mass of subscribers or it
>> dies. For many years there was just such a critical mass on the TSE
>> list. Someone would start a topic and others would pick it up and add
>> things (and it wasn't always the exact same people, taking predictable
>> "sides"). But in recent years the erosion of subscribers has became
>> startling. We are now well below critical mass.
>     Interesting. Are the actual figures available? I believe in the not
>too distant past Tim M has referred to restrictions on resources, both
>virtual and financial, and has asked for listers to make their
>preferences known to MO powers that be. I'm guessing that that hasn't
>much happened.
>Ken A