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[I was out of town on the precise date but I think it's worth mentioning it]

The Lua mailing list was created 15 years ago, on Feb 20th, 1997.
Since then, over 88000 messages have been posted.
I estimate that we shall end 2012 with over 100000 messages!

The traffic in lua-l has increased markedly in the couple of years,
as can be seen in

The number of subscribers has also increased markedly.
Perhaps this reflects the popularity of Lua in more applications.

Perhaps surprisingly for a list of its size and age, the signal-to-noise ratio
in the list remains quite high, mainly because of those who generously
share their expertise with the whole Lua community.

I trust we can keep lua-l friendly and welcoming, and full of good advice.
On behalf of the Lua team, I thank you all for joining and helping others.
I close, as I have before, by repeating what we said in the HOPL paper:

   We have been fortunate that the Lua list is very friendly and at the
   same time very technical. The list has become the focal point of the
   Lua community and it has been a source of motivation for improving Lua.