|COHOUSING-L GOPHER coming soon!||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H. Olson WB0YQM (fholsonmaroon.tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Mar 94 12:08 CST|
Recent messages have discussed making COHOUSING-L messages available to a wider audience and in new ways. (There is also some discussion of this via off-list email -- this is not directly a cohousing topic of interest to the entire list; if you're interested, send a note to Fred.) COHOUSING-L via GOPHER I'm pleased to announce a related development. Within a few weeks we expect to have available a Gopher (see general description of Gopher at the end of this message) with the COHOUSING-L messages - current and archived. Specific access information will be posted when the Gopher is adjusted and tested a bit more. Access will require access to a gopher client (telnet and even email access are possible but not particularly recommended). The archives will continue to be available via email using listserv commands: INDEX COHOUSING-L , GET COHOUSING-L <filename> and SEARCH COHOUSING-L <some_string_or_expression> Each message is a "document" and can be read individually from a list of message subjects in chronological order. Current item heirarchy example: 1992 archives 1993 archives 1994 archives Jan 94 archives Feb 94 archives Mar 94 archives <Individual messages by subject> . . Other text files can be added to the gopher: FAQ files, contact lists, community profiles -- existing and organizing , subject indices to messages etc. Possibly non text files such as Jake Morrison's database that structures the list's archives. INFORMATION OVERLOAD FROM LIST SUBSCRIPTION. It is my impression that most people who UNSUBSCRIBE from COHOUSING-L are motivated by the consequences of having too many messages coming thru their mailbox. The Gopher will provide an alternative that keeps ones mailbox less cluttered. In order to post messages to COHOUSING-L they must still be mailed to COHOUSING-L [at] uci.com --from an address that is subscribed to the list. A subscription can be set to not recieve mail by sending the command SET COHOUSING-L MAIL POSTPONE to listserv [at] uci.com and still be able to post messages. What's Gopher? The internet Gopher protocol is designed for distributed document search and retrieval. The protocol and software follows a client-server model. Documents reside on many autonomous servers on the Internet. Users run client software on their desktop systems (or they could telnet to a client tho this is discouraged) While documents (and services) reside on many servers, Gopher client software presents users with a hierarchy of items and directories much like a file system. The Gopher interface is designed to resemble a file system since a file system is a good model for organizing documents and services; the user sees what amounts to one big networked information system containing document items, directory items, and full-text searching capabilities across subsets of the information base. -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] uci.com Sysop of COHOUSING-L mailing list 1221 Russell Av N; Minneapolis, MN 55411 voice: (612) 588-9532 WB0YQM 146.64 MHz with DTMF Selcall: 233 ; FAX by arrangement
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