Cohousing-L's 15th anniversary
From: Fred H Olson (
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 07:37:37 -0800 (PST)
Tho Cohousing-L actually started on October 21, 1992, it ramped up slowly
at first so I treat Jan 1, 1993 as the starting date of the list. In the
first 15 years there were 27,110 messages distributed. An overall average
of 165 messages per month in the last 5 years.

As of Jan 2008 there were 1216 subscribers. 666 Digest mode, 550
Non-digest mode. 388 of those are in No Mail mode, some because of
problems with the address over the years, some so they can post from a
second address and some so they can post but read via the archives. I
do not know how many of each tho many are due to problems.

The list has been at the address cohousing-L [at] since the
move to the second host in 1996.

The Cohousing-L Info page is evolving to be the onestop webpage for
all Cohousing-L related links and information. In December 2002 the
Info page became accessible via the URL:

Cohousing-L was started as a project of the Twin Cities Cohousing Network
which is minimally active now.  Cohousing-L is independent of but
cooperates closely with The Cohousing Association of the United States

Cohousing-L's biggest problem over the years has been that it produces
more email than some people can keep up with.  As of Nov 2006, somewhat
over half of subscribers are in digest mode. The Cohousing-L Summary
mailing list ( ) was created around
Jan. 2006.  It sends one short message PER WEEK that summarizes the
messages distributed by cohousing-L in the past week. Each mailing has a
list of message subjects ("threads") and posters on that subject. Messages
themselves can be read via the archives.

In March 2007 the Cohousing Wiki ( )was started
to provide a collaboratively developed and maintained reference web pages
about cohousing.  One main goal was to develop an archive of example
documents such as Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CCRs). The wiki
could also have summaries and pointers to notable threads in Cohousing-L.
To date the Cohousing Wiki has not gotten much development effort.
Volunteers are encouraged to check out this site.  About the same time the
Intentional Communities Wiki ( ) has been developed
that has significant cohousing topics.  Booth use the Mediawiki software
that is used by the popular general collaborative
online encyclopedia.

This message is based on excerpts from the Cohousing-L history page

Fred H. Olson , Cohousing-L founder and manager

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