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One problem with IAS - Discussion Forums

  • Subject: One problem with IAS - Discussion Forums
  • From: "ExoticRainforest" <>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 09:31:44 -0500

I often search the Aroid l files via Google at this address:
I've been able to access all the files back through 1996.  Part of the trick is when you enter your search term make it brief and tick off all years unless you know for certain the year the post was made.
Steve Lucas

#6 It's easier to follow the thread of a conversation in discussion boards, unlike in mailing lists, where the asynchronous, non-realtime nature of the thing makes it hard sometimes to follow the thread of a conversation.

--- On Thu, 7/10/08, a san juan <> wrote:
From: a san juan <>
Subject: One problem with IAS - Discussion Forums
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2008, 11:33 AM

I think one problem with the IAS is that it does not have an "official" forum or discussion board. People have tried to start real discussion forums once in awhile (my own board, the current UBC board) but they all peter out and die sooner or later (or languish in a state of slow death), mostly because the regulars on Aroid-L tend to avoid them.

The Aroid-L mailing list is supposed to address this, but one thing I noticed is that the contents of the archive are NOT available to google search engine. ALL the enormous content from past times is thus hidden from potential aroiders. I encountered this when searching for P. x evansii information. All the hits I got where from other websites, and I had to directly go to the aroid-l site and do a second search there. This means that aroiders have to continuously tell people that there is such a thing as the IAS and that it DOES have a repository of very useful information in the Aroid-L archives.

Can we get it so google can search the aroid-l archives?

As an aside, other plant groupings have very successful discussion forums, for example, the Palm Society. The advantage of discussion forums is (1) The layout is MUCH better than email; (2) Topics are segregated into useful sections (e.g. Growing tips, General Discussion, etc); (3) You can upload permanent images into the threads; (4) It is searchable by google; (5) You can use smilies ;-)

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