If you would like to join the mailing list, please do that here. Over time, I expect it to be a moderate volume, strictly-business mailing list where people can announce an interest in writing on a particular subject and get feedback from list members.
As for the apology, I made a little mistake that soured the debut of the contributors mailing list a bit. I'd like to say that I'm sorry to those people who found themselves surprised when they checked their email and found a flurry of email from a lot of confused subscribees. What happened was that I had made a note of everyone who had expressed an interest in contributing, and instead of sending out an email to them all inviting them to join the new list, I just added the bunch. It was a momentary lapse of reason on my part, and I'm sorry for it.
What I definitely wasn't anticipating was the flurry of emails to the list members by confused people, and for that I'm extra sorry. Even when people thought they were sending me an angry email asking why they had been added to the list, it went to everyone, and a flamewar ensued.
Hopefully, it will all die down by tomorrow. So join the list if you're interested in taking part in the contribution effort, and if you don't want to be on the list, accept my humblest apologies, and read the instructions in the first email about how to remove yourself from the list. By the way, to those who were or are concerned: The mailing list is a private list, with no public archives. The email address of the list will not even be published on the web site, to keep spam spiders from getting it. If the list ever starts to receive spam, I'll take it down and start a new one. I'm also going to try my best to keep it business-only and flamewar free.