scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Communications
Ken Walker (ken.walker@MSCSOFTWARE.COM
Wed Mar 29 2000 - 22:14:51 CST
>>From: "Peter Farnham"
>> (in the past couple of months) completed collecting e-mail addresses for
>> all the families in our troop with e-mail (all but 4 out of 40+ families),
>> and I have set up a personal group within my own e-mail system so that at
>> the touch of a button I can send notes, etc. to all families.
>Daniel E. Smith added:
>We did that at our troop too, Peter, and it works well for distributing
>information. The advantage of the egroups type situation though is that it
>becomes a discussion list and input is not having to come from the central
>source where all the addresses are stored. You also have a system in place
>for controlling the list. Moderating, defining the group, etc. For our
>troop we will continue using the e-mail list but for the district we have
>put the discussion group into place.
Our Troop, Pack & District all use Onelist. (District has 4 lists, for
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Dist Commit & Dist Commish). No wonder I get
behind Scouts-L digests every once in awhile <g>.
Whether you use the list as a "broadcast" (one to many) or to "discuss"
(many to many) it has an inherent advantage over maintianing separate
address books of contacts. When one person changes an email address (and
it always seems SOMEONE is changing their address), EVERYONE has to
update the address in their address book. (So one change means every
member has to make a change.)
With Onelist/eGroups, the MEMBER is responsible to update their own
updated. As a moderator I do this as a favor for those who are "less
inclined" to mess with it.)
These groups are really useful. If you have not looked at them, you
should. The web-based GUI is much more intuitive, and the archives are
much easier to search than the typical mail list server (apologies to
all involved). I moderate our Pack & Troop lists, and spend at least
5 minutes a month on it (granted we only have 20-25 members on each list,
but I think you get the point--the resource is already there--take advantage
of it!) The real question becomes: When do we move????
Note: Egroups and Onelist are now one company...eventually they will
merge their domains/sites/etc. Interestingly enough I was already
a Onelist member, but had to become an eGroups member to join a
discussion in one of their communities (anyone know about mingw32 on NT?).
I used to be a Bear....
Ken Walker, ASM T-259, CM P-200
District Training Committee
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Circle 10 Council/Great Plains District - Plano, TX
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