Thursday, March 02, 2006

starting the ball rolling…


I'm looking forward to this forum. We have a very interesting bunch of folks on our lists, with useful things to say, and it's high time we had a more open forum.

I recommend that you register with blogspot. You can ask them to keep your email address private, if you like. However you can comment on postings here whether or not you register. Many other blogs allow comments only by registered bloggers.

If you want to become a team member, so you can make your own postings, you can just leave a comment to that effect on this posting, including your email address, or if you want that private, email me instead.

happy dialog,


At Friday, March 3, 2006 at 1:28:00 AM GMT, Blogger Earl Duthler said...

Hi Richard, I have a blog on this site also, so I'm logged in always, and am familiar with it.


At Friday, March 3, 2006 at 3:03:00 AM GMT, Blogger J.S. Clark said...

This is a great idea, Richard. I have enjoyed your ideas & openness for a long time and here's a great way for you to get more interchange with like-minded folk.

I agree with t.k. -- it's less egalitarian than a threaded discussion. It's more like an especially interactive lecture, and the best bloggers are like the better lecturers -- you tune in just to hear their particular voice, and it's a nice extra feeling of inclusion to have your comments archived in the same place.

I look forward to this blog! Now how about a tag cloud? :-)


At Friday, March 3, 2006 at 8:22:00 AM GMT, Blogger rkm said...

It's nice to see folks jumping in to get this blog off the ground. I'm open to suggestions for better hosting systems. Does anyone have recommendations? The work of switching is well worth it if that makes the vehicle more usable by people.

At Friday, March 3, 2006 at 10:27:00 AM GMT, Blogger Earl Duthler said...

It depends upon what you have in mind with a discussion board, Richard. This one will allow each member to post, but as already mentioned, no email notifications, nor threads. I have a blog here which is a typical blog, but for discussion groups, I have had several clubs at Yahoo for many years now.

Yahoo has features of closed memberships (invitation only), memberships open to public but by approval of moderators, or open to the general public. Membership 'privilages' can also be determined by moderators and changed if wished. Also a choice of email notifications for messages. Good platform for discussion. This system is very effective and simple, also archives, links and photos sections. If a moderator wishes to send a message to all members, it is very simple. The 'owner' can appoint moderators, whose access to the features he can determine. You can also modify the front page a fair amount. The downside is that threads cannot be organized well by topic, outside of a header on the message. And perhaps some might object to becoming a member of Yahoo which puts them on Yahoo's list, but that's little different than

Are you looking to increase the number of people in this group? I know of several possibles.

I'm curious what we can achieve here and hope it can fulfill your expectations. Meanwhile, I've already given your old website a 'thumbs up' and review at Stumble Upon.

There are other websites with which I have less or no experience; all have their pros and cons. Cheers!

At Friday, March 3, 2006 at 10:49:00 AM GMT, Blogger rkm said...

earl - thanks for you comments.

Yahoo may be the way to go, although I generally prefer smaller, independent vendors.

folks: Any other ideas out there??

I would like this to become an active blog with lots of participants from the cyberjournal community. I've invited several people to become team members, folks who generally make very sensible comments.

For now, I think talking about our forum, and how we want it to operate is very appropriate. When things are working well, there's lots we can talk about, just like on the list, but not constrained by my own ability to keep up as moderator.


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