These communities should be protected from the terminally stupid.
Therefore, I propose that legal listserve participation be limited to those who can demonstrate a minimum required level of intellligence.
Specifically, any lawyer who uses an out-of-the-office autorespond message to reply to mailing list messages should not be allowed to post to a list. I even question whether they should be trusted with a computer.
It is not true that I have made serious death threats against lawyers who misuse their autoresponders in this fashion. It was a joke, I swear it.