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[Anthony to zeta:] Re: The List - U Lista

Marcel Springer ("Marcel Springer" <marcel@...>) on March 30, 2003


Unfortunately, you cut out my little bit on the ability to send and receive messages by email. All you’ve done is to expand on it, and very greatly. Same with my bit on the ability to promote glosalist to other Internet users through Yahoo! groups. But I don’t mind plagiarism if it does some good.

But we do lose the ability to send email to all members of the list, i.e. to those who have chosen to not receive posts by email. For those, we depend on them going to the group web page and reading the messages, if they don’t lose interest or forget about it.

But a Yahoo! group is a good idea and I’ll be joining.


—– Original Message —– From: “William W Patterson” <ailanto@…> To: <glosalist@…> Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2003 11:36 PM Subject: Re: [glosalist] The List - U Lista

Je Sat, 29 Mar 2003 19:22:50 -0000, Anthony skribis:

Personally, I think a change to a Yahoo! group is an excellent idea. What we lose is the discussion list where we can send an email to all members on the mailing list.

Assuming that I haven’t misunderstood, I’ll have to disagree. A Yahoo! group can be used exactly like our current listserver. If you join by sending an email to the group, you can use it just like a regular mailing list and you never have to go to the website. If instead you choose to use the website (in which case you’ll have to register (it’s free)), you can still use it just like a regular mailing list, or turn off the mail and just read and post online, or both, search the archives, etc. There is also a files area for each group where we could store dictionaries and samples and such.

For example, concerning those many lists I’ve subscribed: the ones in which I’m most active and/or interested I receive as emails or email digests, while for the others I’ve disabled the email and just pop into the website occasionally to see what’s new.

Over the past few years Yahoo! has absorbed several other list servers, some of which had themselves absorbed others, such as OneList, eGroups, etc. That’s how I ended up on so many Yahoo! lists! Whether that’s good or bad I don’t really have an opinion, but in truth it works as well as did the other smaller ones.

One advantage to Yahoo! is that it is large and well-known. People would be more likely to find glosalist while searching for lists by keywords such as glosa or interglossa or international language. If we mentioned Greek and Latin and Esperanto we’d be even more likely to attract some new members.

It is possible to have multiple moderators on a Yahoo! list. Some lists choose several moderators located around the world to increase the probability that one will be awake and ready to moderate at any given time.

Salata, Bill

– William W. Patterson xyzzy!

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