Re: E-Scouting Newsletter
David Weintraub (dhw@HPTELE24.TELERATE.COM)
Fri, 24 Jun 1994 14:35:48 -0500
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I can see that there is a lot of enthusiasm for setting up a Gopher
Hole/WWW Service/Whatever package. While everyone is excited, we should
somehow start organizing something. We've got some questions to resolve:
1). What are the various advantages Gopher vs. WWW, etc? I know that WWW
is more powerful, but I also know that a Gopher site is suppose to be
easier to maintain. How will one vs. the other affect access?
2). Where would the site be? I'd hate for the site to have to switch from
year to year because whomever is maintaining it keeps moving.
3). It would be nice if it is easy for various people to contribute to the
site. For example, there maybe several different newsletters on the
Scout Server. How can it be arranged that each person could maintain
there own newsletters with the minimum of fuss.
4). Should the Scout Server be multi-site? That way others can maintain
their sites (I hope this will be an international effort!) and have
links from the main site to the information on the local sites.
5). Should this be an independently developed Server or should it be
a sub-service on an already existing service?
6). Who is interested in setting up and administering this project and
can it be done via Internet?
Here is my proposal for now:
1). First we need a show of hands of who is interested and who can do
what. This should be an international effort! If you can help out
setting this up, or you want to be an information provider (i.e. you
will produce a monthly newsletter, etc) mail me a note at
email@example.com. Put somewhere in your Subject "escout" or
"E-Scout". It can be upper or lowercase spelling, but I need this
in the subject, so I can filter it. In the message, say what you
can do or provide (Site for the Scout Server, Newsletter, System-
Administration, etc.) and how you can be reached. This could include
Email address, phone number, fax number, snail mail address,
directions on how to get to your place from Interstate 80, whatever.
Next Wednesday, I will cross mail everybody all the information I
receive, so we can know who is involved in the effort. This will
be the "committee".
2). Once we get the "committee" together, we can start investigating
various ideas and ways to put it all together. Various committee
members can take on different tasks. Surveys to find out what
Internet access various Scouts-L have, site selection, research
and development, etc.
3). For now, I can be the listserver. As long as you put "Escout" or
"E-Scout" in the subject line and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org,
I will personally see that the information gets through to everyone
in "the committee". Maybe someone can find a real listserver
we can setup. I'd rather do it this way instead of taking up bandwidth
in the SCOUT-L list. Scouters who are interested will know how to reach
us, and those who are not interested don't have to be bothered with it.
David Weintraub | Opinions expressed are mine and not Telerate's
email@example.com | Not that anyone listens to me anyway
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City