L-Soft's LISTSERVmailing-list software is rather bad. It began life as one of the original types of its product, in a world where software was free and given away. In this world LISTSERV was no different. It wasn't until the age of seven, in 1993, that LISTSERV became a for-cost commercial product. Despite it's growing-up into capitalist world, it's experience is still much like that of a hobbyist project and a lot of decisions are reminiscent of its BITNET beginning and 1986 birth.