A lot of the events that get announced on it are organized by members of Poly Boston. (Family Tree events are also often announced there.)
“Poly” is short for “polyamorous” or “polyamory”. Polyamory is having or being able to have consensual, honest, respectful relationships with more than one person at a time, or being able to romantically love more than one person at once, with the knowledge and consent of all people involved.
The Poly Boston lists and events are not a dating service or a cruising area. (Many of us have nothing against dating services or cruising areas; that’s just not what this space is for. If you’re looking for poly partners, you might want to consider http://www.polymatchmaker.com/.)
The <firstname.lastname@example.org> is only for announcements, not discussion. See below for information about a companion chat list.
Commercial email is never appropriate on this list. (If it has a genuine, not artificial, connection to the Poly Boston community, then it might be appropriate on the <chat> list. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.)
That's the short version. For the long version, see The purpose of the [...] mailing list, based on something I posted to the list in April 2000. As with any mailing list, it's probably a good idea to watch the list traffic for a while after you subscribe to see what sort of things get posted before you post for the first time.
If you have stuff you want to share with (some) list members that doesn't meet the above tests, you might want to subscribe to the <chat> list, described below.
subscribein the body of the message, from the account you want to subscribe, to the address email@example.com. In either case, you'll need to reply to an automated message with a confirmation code (to prevent random people subscribing you without your permission), and also to a short note from me before your subscription is confirmed (to make sure you understand what the list is for).
I’m sorry about the inconvenience of the multi-stage subscription process, but before I started asking people a few questions before approving subscriptions I occasionally got subscribers who had no idea what the list was about and got righteously indignant when they discovered what “polyamory” was, who would post personals ads (or other ads) to the list, or who weren’t in the Boston area and were never likely to be able to attend events in person.
If you have trouble, send mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org> (which will get to me) and I'll try to help