|e-choices for Viable online discussions [was: CoHo Tech Group convener||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ruth J Hirsch (heidinysearthlink.net)|
|Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 03:26:28 -0700 (PDT)|
Thank you Fred, Yes!! While some folks will voice different preferences, my experience is also that an e-list has served well/best. I have facilitated a regional e-List of folks in not-for-profits for many years, not as big as CoHo list, but maybe 500 on it, and it has been well utilized and reasonably smooth. And allows for a flow of topics which tend to come and go. And yes, as you indicate, I do check email, but go to websites relatively seldom. Ruth Cantines Island CoHousing Saugerties, NY Here twenty years __________________________________________________________ Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:50:49 -0500 (CDT) From: Fred H Olson <fholson [at] cohousing.org> To: Cohousing-L mailing list <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Subject: [C-L]_ Viable online discussions [was: CoHo Tech Group convener On 2 Jun 2019 Tom from Gather wrote on cohousing-L : Subj:Coho Tech Meetup Minutes [at Portland Conf.] http://lists.cohousing.org/archives/cohousing-l/msg44100.html ... > - There were about 20-25 people in attendance. > - After a brief intro by Tom Smyth, we discussed future > communications. The group agreed not to create yet another email list for > coho tech topics, but to use Cohousing-L instead to communicate about these > topics in future. We noted there is a good amount of tech-related > discussion on that list already. ... On 19 Jun 2019 Alan O'Hashi wrote: > Greetings Cohousers - The Cohousing Association wants to connect "affinity > groups" by creating facebook groups to keep off-line interests connected > online. I'm looking for someone who attended the Tech affinity group at the > Portland conference. > > I contacted Tom Smyth of was the informal convener about someone who > might have the interest and time to help manage the group. Tech folks (and others) are certainly welcome to communicate on Cohousing-L, at least until a high volume of messages develops. A few thoughts on setting up online group discussions. For a discussion to be viable (have an ongoing flow of messages to a desired number of people), generally you need either a sizeable group of participants or commited people who have a strong intention to keep the conversation going. Otherwise discussion tends to wither after some time. Cohousing-L has numbers (1100+) and some dedicated folks These observations are particularly true of web based discussions that require people to "go to them" (unlike email which comes to participants so as long as they check their email). I do not know if Facebook groups have an email option. If email is needed to keep particpation up, there may be the problem of getting people to configure that email option for web based discussions. Another problem with Facebook is that there are a fair number of us who refuse to use Facebook. Discussions based on carbon copy email to participants are easy to start up but if the list of particpants changes it is very easy for old cc lists to get used and some people will not get all messages. And some people may get email they do not desire but are reluctant to request to be dropped (and replies to old messages will often mean they continue to get messages). Listservs take some effort to get started and become viable. Many more lists are set up than become and stay viable. On the other hand, if the volume gets high this can be inconvenient for some subscribers. Having too many related listservs can make it difficult to know which to post to. Having easy to use searchable archives is a must, IMHO. Some dedicated folks may opt to just read the archives. On the whole I still think email listservs are the most viable for many discussions. Fred (cohousing-L manager 1993 - ? Someday I will no longer be the manager, interested folks should contact me. ) -- Fred H. Olson Minneapolis,MN 55411 USA (near north Mpls) Email: fholson at cohousing.org 612-588-9532 My Link Pg: http://fholson.cohousing.org ------------------------------ Subject: Digest Footer _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://L.cohousing.org/info ------------------------------ End of Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 185, Issue 18 ******************************************** PS: I have an intermittent e-mail glitch. If you write and do not hear back from me shortly, please call me or please re-send. Thank you, Ruth
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