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Re: [greenyes] Recycling Discussion Format

As Chris has so nicely summed up, improving the GreenYes archives is a priority
for GRRN's web activities. I'm glad to see other voicing their support for
GreenYes; it is how I first came into contact with GRRN and the community of
folks that are our network. We have every intent on continuing the list and
making the kinds of improvements so far suggested, and whatever others we
receive in response to Eric Lombardi's solicitation for more.

And, while I'm making these remarks, I think we all owe thanks to Chris
Sparnicht for his largely invisible work keeping this community active through
GreenYes and the GRRN web sites. We are lucky to have Chris continuing with us
on a contract basis since GRRN's relocation.

David Wood
608-255-4800, x 100

Quoting Chris Sparnicht <chris.sparnicht@no.address>:

> Thank you, Megan, you've summed it up perfectly.
> The current list is automated. I generally only step in
> when members have questions about why something bounced.
> a. We don't have to worry about removing bad email addresses.
> They remove themselves.
> b. Fewer viruses spread because we strip all html and attachments.
> c. The message gets across without flashy or inappropriate ads.
> d. People who pay by the minute for internet aren't subjected
> to huge attachments and wasteful html.
> e. This is an affordable solution for GRRN.
> Previous attempts at a bulletin board community failed.
> Our current format brings the information directly to
> the community in your mailbox.
> Concerns for better archiving and searchability
> are valid. Archives are indexed by date and thread,
> but the archive automation has been a puzzle since we changed
> operating systems for the webserver several months ago.
> It has not been a priority. I've been updating the archive manually.
> Also the perl search engine had to be replaced with another
> less capable search engine, again because of OS changes.
> We hope to have these two items addressed in the coming months,
> so please stand by.
> Chris
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Megan Kershner" <Mkershner@no.address>
> To: <greenyes@no.address>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 10:49 AM
> Subject: Re: [greenyes] Recycling Discussion Format
> > I like the current format.... The text-only, no attachments allowed,
> > email version of GreenYes is both accessible by all email users (skilled
> > and unskilled) and economical to provide and manage. High-tech and
> > fancy HTML Listservs don't necessarily improve the process. And we
> > must not lose sight of the goal of the Listserv - real-time, affordable,
> > pertinent discussions. Is it working? I think it is working quite
> > well.
> >
> > I would, however, recommend that serious improvements be made to the
> > archives, particularly the search functions. I too struggle to find
> > past discussions.
> >
> > Megan Kershner
> > City of Boise, Idaho
> >
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