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How it Works

Zosspens list is maintained for people interested in all aspects of fountain pens, especially those collecting vintage items. Modern pens and limited editions are also frequently discussed and we also branch into associated topics such as ink, paper, accessories, pen conventions, pencils and ballpoints, etc. These threads do not go too long, however, to keep things on topic.

The list started before 1995 - back in the days of packet mail, well before the start of the world wide web. It is named after Tom Zoss, who founded it and operated it faithfully until 2017. The subscription list is stable and hovers around 1800 subscribers.

The concept is simple - the list is like a "party line" of e-mail messages. When a subscriber sends one message to the main list address the software sends copies to all subscribers on the list. Subscribers can then read the message and reply to the whole list or, if the message is personal, reply directly to the individual who originated the message.

Commercialism and Supporters

Limited commercialism is allowed on the list, but those who profit from sales on the list should seriously consider sending an occasional donation of funds to keep it operating and improve it. Others send some support because they appreciate the service. Please see the section below that links to information on how YOU can help support the list (there are many ways). The key idea here is that if you are a collector maybe a buy or sell message a month seems appropriate. Not too often, nor too large a message, please. If you are in the pen business, even on a small scale with no storefront, then we hope commercialism on this list will include some support of the list. Fair is fair. Even then, occasional messages and not too frequently or too large a message. If you want more access to the subscriber base then please buy an advertisement.