a place for zinesters - writers and readers
ALEX: If you only check your POB once a week, or even every 2 weeks, you're level of addiction, if you can even call it that, is much less than some of us. I guess this may be a debate between people who enjoy zines, and hardcore mail junkies (like me).
It seems to me we have to walk a fine line between not castigating people who are really trying, and creating a culture of negligence. Problem is, it's nearly impossible to know who is who. Back in the early 90's there were often complaints and recriminations in the pages of zines about "non-responding zinesters", including FS5 that had a special department for it. There was a lot of invective for Hudson Luce who bought & took over Gunderloy's FS5. We didn't seem to be as sensitive about it as we are today.
Maybe there needs to be some sort of "Complaint Department" that only one person has access to---an e-mail address--- so as to protect the privacy and presumption of innocence of an accused "deadbeat" zinester. The complainant could inquire whether there have been any other complaints about him or her and the "Department" could answer yes or no. Sometimes I've wonderied if I was just being personally snubbed, and found out that I wasn't the only one not getting a zine I ordered from a certain zinester, or any explanation why.
I actually rarely get orders in my post box these days. I just got a new post box less than a year ago and most of my mail comes to my house from people who have had this address for ages. When I was younger my post box was my lifeline, not so much anymore.