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Communication channels (was Bicycle Parking points)

From: Serge
Sent on: Friday, July 20, 2012 6:02 AM
On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 10:22:25PM -0400, Chris Mcnally wrote:
> OK. I admit I do not understand Meetup.com. And I still think it's
> odd that they have two options, email list and discussion board
> (which you can get over email).

I don't get meetup either, but I had to turn the list on explicitly. I wanted 
us to be able to discuss things.

> The key question is, suppose I want to be notified of upcoming meetups 
> only, but don't want to engage in the conversations, if I use the "don't 
> send me mailing list messages" link will I still get the notices?

I'm fairly sure you will, because they're separate settings in your Email 
list settings, which you can get here:

http://www.meetup...­

You can control exactly what mail you get and don't get.

> and if our discussions were on the "meetup message boards", they
> would be archived for the life of the group, but these emails are
> not kept historically.  Is that right?

The mailing list archives are here:

http://www.meetup...­

> I just don't want to spam people if they have to subscribe to all
> messages in order to know about upcoming meetups. I think that would
> be unfair. however I don't mind these messages at all. I would like
> to receive all of them!

I think it's best not to overthink these things. People can choose to get the 
mail, to filter mail, to get daily digests, or to opt out of the list 
entirely and the instructions on what to do are set with *every single email*.

Discussions over communication forums quickly turn into bikeshedding 
(http://en.wiktion...­). People have all the choices in 
front of them and I think having the default be to participate is really 
important.

- Serge

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