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gregchapmanuk
Feb-28-2008 @ 3:51 PM                           Permalink
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I know that most people here are very happy with the-norfolk-broads.co.uk, but there are some, like me, that prefer to discuss their favourite topic, through their e-mail or newsreader software, rather than a web site.

It's been suggested to me, elsewhere, that web-based forums are the future and that mail-lists are old hat.  However, I have taken the plunge and set one up.

I was motivated by the demise of the "NSbroadsboating" YahooGroup, whose owner seems to have disappeared, making it difficult for the members to promote and develop.

The replacement is called "broadsboating" and to join just send a blank e-mail to: broadsboating-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.  (You'll get an auto-response to which you must also reply to complete the process.) Thereafter, any message you send to broadsboating@yahoogroups.com will be forwarded to all the other subscribers, and you will receive anything they send. (Anything relating to boating on the broads is an acceptable topic!)

For those who insist on access through the web, visit:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/broadsboating/
To post messages you will first need to click the "Join this group" link and go through the sign-up process.

For those who hate all those Yahoo adverts, you can also access it via:
http://news.gmane.org/gmane.recreation.broadsboating
or, if you prefer a more blog-like look:
http://blog.gmane.org/gmane.recreation.broadsboating
While you can read the messages there you will not be able to post until you have joined the mail list using either the e-mail or YahooGroups "Join" method.

The real die-hards will want access via their newsreader software. Just point your newsreader (Outlook Express will do!) at:

news.gmane.org

and subscribe to:

gmane.recreation.broadsboating

I hope a number of you will be prepared to give it a go and so add to your opportunties to discuss Broads Boating. It's not my expectation or intention that it will diminish this forum in any way.

Greg

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Feb-28-2008 @ 10:44 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Greg,

I followed NSbroadsboating - and think I understand your desire for specific and focussed discussion.

Richard has provided an RSS feed - but I think that it gives you everything. I wonder (hinting at a new fag-packet item) if it could be tailored to be filtered by section... so people who are only interested in one section of the forum can follow that part by email.

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I am a member of one of these e-mail lists (on a totally different topic). It was set up over 10 years ago and it is a real pain to get all these e-mails. Some of us have been trying to get the members to change to a forum which would be so much easier to use, but many are old and set in their ways.

I don't know how many e-mails per day you are expecting your list to produce. I get so many from this other list that I run an automatic filter which bulk deletes all the off topic stuff and any thread which I mark as uninteresting. I have to do this in order to stay on it at all.

Having had experience of both systems, I would say that a forum is far superior and much more user friendly.

However, I wish you every success with your new venture. Some may prefer things this way.

Nigel

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Actually I was asked by a member if the site could generate a daily digest via email (sorry I can't remember  who asked!). I'll see how far I got with that code.

The reason for this is that some filtering systems classify this site as a blog, and ban access.


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