[LINK] Maintaining the link list
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Sat Feb 19 13:14:27 AEDT 2011
At 11:21 +1000 19/2/11, Greg Taylor wrote:
>Why not move to an online discussion forum?
Nice analysis, thanks Greg. Of course.
Any f'r'instances, re software/service and/or openly accessible fora
that we can use to get a feel for their style?
>- email addresses are not exposed
>- only subject postings of interest need to be downloaded by each subscriber
>- RSS feeds are available for those with the need for immediate
>notification of new messages
>- forum software is now quite sophisticated and easy to install,
>maintain and administer
>- topic categorisation is enforced
>- posting blunders can be easily corrected.
>- more public (although since the link list is currently archived
>online, this is a moot point)
>- may attract spammers (but there are ways to manage this)
>- usually needs a LAMP hosting service, but these are now cheap,
>reliable and accessible. Maybe ANU can provide the service anyway. It's
>easy enough to set up.
>No doubt there will be opposition to such a radical suggestion, but
>let's discuss it.
>On 2011/02/19 10:10 AM, Roger Clarke wrote:
>> At 10:10 +1100 19/2/11, Ash Nallawalla wrote:
>>> All in favour, say Aye:
>>> Martin Barry
>>> Robin Whittle
>>> Ivan Trundle
>> Speaking as a greybeard, longstanding linker and occasional member of
>> list-admin teams, I like the direction we're going in, know at least
>> the digital personae who are proposed, and like the mix.
>> (I guess that's an 'Aye', but with a right of recall in case any
>> further interesting ideas emerge later).
>> A question:
>> Are the statement of scope, and the modus operandi, still good?
>> If not, is new-broom time an appropriate stage to reconsider them?
>> I always depict link as being 'a community of Internet
>> policy-watchers'. (That said, every time I ask a dumb technical
>> question I get lots of valuable technical advice; so we have a
>> highly valuable interleave between policy-oriented people and
>> technical people with policy interests).
>> What the site actually says is:
>> "The Link list is an email discussion list for people interested in
>> the development of the internet in Australia although its strays from
>> time to time into wider issues of communication.
>> "Areas of interest vary from time to time but the following topics
>> have been of interest - ...
>> " ... open and unmoderated. Only list members may post to the list. ...
>> "... archived ..."
>> That still sounds pretty good. Maybe we should leave well alone.
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