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Re: One problem with IAS - Discussion Forums

  • Subject: Re: One problem with IAS - Discussion Forums
  • From: "Sherry Gates" <TheTropix@msn.com>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 00:52:32 -0500

Hi everyone,
  Thanks for the link, Bernhard! I didn't know about that.  I find the e-mail list is much easier than a forum, too!   Sherry
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 2:01 AM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] One problem with IAS - Discussion Forums

Dear a san juan,

speaking for me, I am fine with the mailing list.
And I think it is much easier to look after a mailing list for the
moderator, than running a forum; however, Steve might know better.....

And as for searching, I am pretty happy with this:


Happy searching, too,

-----Original Message-----
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 18:05:08 +0200
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] One problem with IAS - Discussion Forums
From: a san juan <kalim1998@yahoo.com>
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com

#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

--- On Thu, 7/10/08, a san juan <kalim1998@yahoo.com> wrote:
From: a san juan <kalim1998@yahoo.com>
Subject: One problem with IAS - Discussion Forums
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
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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