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Re: The future of IGSRBIN

  • Subject: Re: The future of IGSRBIN
  • From: "Maria C. Boza" mcboza@EARTHLINK.NET
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 12:58:54 -0800

I want to add my thanks to others' for David Barrett's management of the
list and his efforts at finding alternatives.

I was very relieved at the news that Majordomo is a possibility to be
explored.  I was on a list managed through Majordomo and did not
encounter any problems.  I have no idea how the software actually
functioned, but the members encountered no technical difficulties, did
not receive ads, and did not get spam as a consequence of membership.  I
was quite worried about our switching to Yahoo because of the potential
for nuisance.

I get a lot of spam now.  I'm not sure how my address fell into the
spammers' clutches, though the beginning of the avalanche coincided
suspiciously with my signing up to receive news updates from the
Sacramento Bee (our local newspaper).  It's alarming how careful one has
to be.

Maria Boza

IGS Robin - List Manager wrote:

>Hello all,
>>If this group is closing and another starting up, or if another
>>exists that is as good as this one has been, can someone
>>please post the information for us all?     Pat
>The IGSRobin group/list is NOT closing.
>The service provider St John's University is withdrawing the
>server (Maelstrom) which provided the facility to run the
>hundreds of Groups/Lists based at the University.
>So all we have to do is move the List/Group over to an
>alternative provider. I put this to all Group members to see
>if there are any preferences of where to go and to see what
>knowledge any members may have of other providers. In
>the past Yahoo! has not been a preference, but that was
>when we had Maelstrom. There are currently three new
>possibilities, being considered:
>Some of the Maelstrom List Owners have got together to try
>and set up an alternative for disability and heath based Lists.
>There is a fee payable and the List Owner (me) would actually
>"own" the List name, which I do not se as a good idea.
>There is then YahooGroups which provides lots of additional
>facilities, which we have never used before. But all messages
>contain adverts, usually inappropriate, and some people have
>issues with the way Yahoo! organises the system.
>We have been offered the facility to run an active list on the
>server of the provider of our message archive. I am at the
>moment investigating how it would differ from Maelstrom.
>The software would be Majordomo and not Listserv, but
>this should not make any difference to ordinary Group/List
>members. All the other Groups/Lists already there are
>Horticultural/Botanical, there is no fee, messages will not
>contain adverts and all the IGSRobin archives since 1997 are
>already there and would continue.
>The Maelstrom facilities will continue until the end of the month.
>I am planning on running the old and new address together for
>the last week. If the third option has not worked out by then for
>any reason, I will go ahead and transfer everyone over to
>So no-one should worry about the future of the group/list.
>It will continue.
>Anyone who wants to contact me directly please feel free to do so.
>David Barrett
>IGSROBIN List Manager

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