Re: [humanism-174] Email vs. Forum

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Sunday, June 21, 2009 9:37 PM
Suzanne, that is the best idea of all.
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We Gmail users can't create new folders in our inbox, but there are several options for filtering. I receive almost no spam... so an option for me would be filtering all CF messages to the "Spam" folder. Demeaning, but effective!
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I don't know how it works with different email servers- but I would think that with most, the incoming emails can be directed to a specific folder.
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I mentioned in a previous message that the "daily digest" option is the best for an uncluttered inbox. I take back that statement, somewhat.
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I forgot to mention another big drawback- I used that option before for other groups, and sometimes the "digest" didn't reach?my inbox until late the NEXT DAY.?Maybe meetup.com has improved on this by now, but I'm not sure the daily digest is the best option for anything (except as a "while you're away" setting).

On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 1:07 PM, Suzanne <[address removed]> wrote:
It might also make it easier if you haven't already done so to set up a separate folder and filter all messages from this group to it.? That way it doesn't clutter up your inbox.


On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM, Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote:
Here is a tip for those who want to take part in the discussions, but don't want to be barraged with CF emails while they're out of town, etc. It is an extra step, but not at all difficult to change back & forth.
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1) go to the CF home page and log in.
2) select "account" (upper right)
3) select "membership & communication" (on the left)
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All of your meetup groups should be listed, with 3 mailing list options for each group. Any meetup member can freely change the?settings as needed:
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organizers only- you would receive only updates about meetups, etc. You are "off the forum".
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one daily email- you receive the forum emails, but in one "daily digest" (a single email). The disadvantages here are: attachments are removed, it's more difficult to participate in time with others, and it's confusing to figure out who is responding to who.?Still, this is the best option for a clutterless inbox.
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everyone as they are sent- self explanatory. Immediate participation, sometimes floods inbox.
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Some members keep up with the goings on of the mailing list forum by going to the "mailing list" tab on our meetup homepage. The disadvantages with this are: though you can respond to any given post, you must be logged in to meetup.com to do so. Also, attachments & email addresses are removed.
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Also, there is always the DELETE button... I deleted a lot of the "abortion" emails without reading, there were just too many.
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Mark
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On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 10:36 AM, mardell <[address removed]> wrote:
Mark, I have NO knowledge of how to do anything well on the computer..but I, too, felt overwhelmed with the volume of e-mails.? When I returned from my vacation I had 1,044 messages..most of them seemed to be from the freethinkers..and, as you stated..really good, well thought out responses..but still overwhelming.? Have no recommendation..just sticking my two-cents worth into the mix.....mardell
----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Tiborsky
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, June 21,[masked]:03 AM
Subject: Re: [humanism-174] Email vs. Forum

Our mailing list will crash meetup.com one day.
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Nothing beats the spontaneity of the mailing list forum... I have learned more over the last 2 years?in this forum than anywhere else.
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I agree that we should use the message board more often... nearly 100 members of this group are not on the mailing list, some because the mailing list is so busy. But it's almost impossible to have a spontaneous discussion there- A) you have to log in to meetup.com, and B) in a longer discussion, the newest replies show up on later pages.
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Our FREETHOUGHT OHIO website has a few options for forums... I attempted to install an "EZ Forum" a couple of times, but failed. Once I get that going, it'll take some strain off the mailing list.
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But I think the spontaneous email forum has always been special with this group... we learn a lot, and get to know one another quicker and better. I've browsed some other groups where there is hardly any activity... what's the use of having a meetup group, if you're not going to interact? I'm willing to bet that we have one of the busiest email forums on meetup.com... that's kind of neat.
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The members who have been around awhile know what they're getting in to... it's the new joinees that I worry about sometimes. There will be spurts when it is ridiculously busy, and other times quiet. That's the way it's been for 2 years.
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But we "loud" members should condense our responses more, and not let a discussion lapse into a "jousting match". We discuss a lot of "indiscussables"- there is bound to be controversy. Plus, if any one member starts to "joust" with another, the two (or 3 or 4) can always email each other directly.
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MT
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On Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 3:19 PM, MichaelV <[address removed]> wrote:
This goes out to everone in the group;? would it be possible if we were to try to move all future discussions to the forum on our Meetup page?? Yesterday we sent 80+ emails in a six hour period, and Mark and I both agree that it would be better to limit the email correspondence to a realative few; if we start a discussion through our emails, and it appears likely to go on for some time, then we should try to hold it in the forums.

We have one on our Meetup site, but if anyone has a better idea let either me or Mark know.? I am currently looking to set up a forum on another site, one that will load quicker than Meetup seems to.?

I think the goal should be a 10-15 email limit for any one thread, especially if it happens to be limited to 2-5 member.? A 30+ email discussion between 15 members is a different story, but I still think that many of us would appreciate our email boxes not filling up faster than we can read/respond.? I am a guilty party in this, btw.

Let me know what you think; and don't forget that you are able to set an email reminder of any updates in any forum, in case you are like me and use your email as your primary means of communication.

Michael





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