Zane H. Healy wrote:
This is the way it used to be, there are reasons why
almost all lists,
are now hosted on Yahoo (how many besides this one are hosted
elsewhere). I can think of one other list I'm still on that is hosted
by someone other than Yahoo, and it has been dead for about 2 months
now (I forget how long it was dead the last time).
I subscribe to one other list which I am confident is not on Yahoo. It
is probably hosted by East Carolina University. I have been lurking
for about 10 years and been able to re-subscribe as my e-mail address
changed. It is active on only about half of the days, often in a flurry
when a specific topic is widely discussed.
The primary purpose seems to be the modification of the rules for the
current CE (aka the Gregorian) Calendar. The most important point
I learned is that there is a very slow drift in the alignment of the CE
Calendar with the Spring Equinox of approximately one day in 1600
years, i.e. around 3600 CE, the Spring Equinox will occur, on average,
one day earlier in the year than at present, all others things being equal.
The suggestion to modify the rules for the CE Calendar is to drop the
Leap Year for years divisible by 2000. However, long term predictions
also suggest that by 10,000 CE, that modification will be totally
99.999999999999999999999% of everyone else I have discussed this
with point out that we will all be dead by 2100 CE, let alone 3600 CE
or 4000 CE. So let them take care of the situation when it arrives. PLUS,
these predictions are so likely to change that there is really no point in
attempting to develop a solution for at least another 1000 years until
there is more data available - or when no solution is needed in any case.