I have just been catching up on a bunch of perl.org mailing lists. I'm only subscribed to a couple of the public lists; everything else I read with gnus via the nntp interface. It's awesome. I can't thank Jim enough for colobus, our nntp server. (I even liked it so much that I based the first versions of qpsmtpd on the colobus code).
In related news: We are now running 127 public and about a dozen private lists at perl.org. The total subscription count is 44220 (with 31106 unique subscribers). The list server is sending out 3-400,000 mails a day. Of course neither of those numbers count people who are using the nntp interface.
Related news^2: I have been running the technicalities behind the lists (and a couple of other things for 4 years just about now. Notice the clever server name (tmtowtdi) we used for the first server ValueClick kindly let us have. The second one is called "Onion". (And after that I ran out of cleverness, so the next ones are called "x1", "x2", etc. I should know better)
As time flies when you are having fun... At first Jacob helped running the system and the last couple of years Robert has been helping me. (For which I am thankful; otherwise I would have gone completely insane by now). I know you are not going to believe me, but I swear he volunteered. That's how I remember it anyway.
Jarkko says: Have you ever juggled seven balls, an oiled sumo wrestler, a turned-on chainsaw, and an electric eel?