Re: Coho Tech Convener
From: Henning Mortensen (hmortensengmail.com)
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2019 21:23:26 -0700 (PDT)
Yes please

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> On Jun 24, 2019, at 7:33 PM, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
> [at] cohousing.org> wrote:
> 
> 
> So should I set  up a groups.io for CohoTech?
> 
> Sharon
> 
>> On Jun 23, 2019, at 1:45 PM, Tom Smyth, Gather <info [at] gather.coop> wrote:
>> 
>> Thanks for all the info! Groups.io seems to have an API so could integrate 
>> nicely with Gather. Currently I'm working on integrating with Mailman 
>> (standard email list) as a lowest common denominator (and because that's 
>> what we use currently at the Ann Arbor cohos). Integrations with more 
>> advanced services will follow.
>> 
>>> On Sat, Jun 22, 2019 at 12:59 PM Sharon Villines <sharon [at] 
>>> sharonvillines.com> wrote:
>>> On Jun 22, 2019, at 8:14 AM, Tom Smyth, Gather <info [at] gather.coop> 
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Discourse is a modern forum option that is really good at integrating with 
>>> email so that you don't really have to 'go there' for basic interactions, 
>>> but you can choose to 'go there' for extra functionality. I'm curious how 
>>> it compares to Groups.io. I think it is much more popular and is also open 
>>> source.
>> 
>> I think the forum people and email people may never come together.
>> 
>> I like email because it is spontaneous and immediate and it comes to my 
>> mailbox. It reminds me it exists. I can read as they come in or send them to 
>> a folder and read later. I can save individual messages where I can search 
>> for them later. I can forward them. I can reply privately to the sender.
>> 
>> I use forums when I’m looking for the answer to a specific problem— CSS, 
>> theme particulars, etc. Mostly software and computer related but I know 
>> there are others. The responses do come up on Google. I’ve finally learned 
>> what Google search can do. Easier it use Google than wander around a 
>> software manual or the Adobe website.But in general, I don’t like a 
>> discussion separated by topic. Possible cross-fertilization is not as 
>> possible, if at all.
>> 
>> Groups.io combines the two to some extent but is primarily an email 
>> discussion. But when you read on the website you can view messages by topic 
>> (subject line) or by hashtags or by individual messages in chronological 
>> order. There is a wiki, a database,  map, etc. Primitive but there. Files.
>> 
>> The subgroups are wonderful. Anyone on the main list can join a subgroup and 
>> an unlimited number of subgroups can be set up. The moderators decide if 
>> anyone can set up a subgroup or only the moderator. There are many options. 
>> The search function is very fast—nothing like Yahoo. 
>> 
>> There are lists for group moderators and for those needing support. Unlike 
>> Yahoo, you can always get help. His business model is to serve businesses so 
>> he is developing incredible capability. I’m on the Beta list and I have not 
>> a clue why people need those features.
>> 
>> People can also block messages by subject or hashtag, and I think by poster. 
>> On our community list, I block the messages about walking dogs, for example. 
>> When someone with a dog is sick it can go on and on 4 times a day.
>> 
>> One person I talked to had a travel list. There were subgroups by geographic 
>> location so you could  get information about the place. For people who want 
>> to keep in touch after a certain tour or cruise. On the main list they can 
>> ask for recommendations to anywhere that…
>> 
>> A list you can join to look around is our local neighborhood list. Send an 
>> empty message to...
>> 
>> takomadc+subscribe [at] groups.io
>> 
>> Or 
>> 
>> sociocracy+subscribe [at] groups.io
>> 
>> Sociocracy has subgroups by language but no one uses them. My cohousing 
>> community has subgroups for teams and working groups. Rooms, like the 
>> exercise room.
>> 
>> Choosing a forum over the email list will determine who is more likely to 
>> join.
>> 
>> Sharon
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -- 
>> Tom for the Gather Team
>> https://info.gather.coop
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