From: Ian Gibson (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Jul 03 2007 - 06:12:54 EEST
Just to let you know the situation regarding GARPA
I think the consensus is that GARPA would be a good home for rp-ml,
either directly or via FIRPA. That's good to know and it also seems
to make sense to me.
Currently, the GARPA website is located on server space kindly
donated by QMI in Australia. We are thinking about moving across to a
commercial server. If we do that, then there will be support software
for creating list servers that can allow us to replicate the
functions of rp-ml. However, this will take a little time (and money)
and so cannot be done immediately. We can still monitor it and put
the necessary spam and attachment blocks. I think we can also ensure
that Hannu keeps control of rp-ml maintenance, at least in part.
I can also guarantee that the original rp-ml list will never be sold
or used for commercial purposes. I can also see what needs to be done
with the archives.
Perhaps if you can allow me to liaise with Hannu about the logistics
of all this, we can get back to you.
At 05:24 AM 7/3/2007, you wrote:
>Just get that server moved! Certainly GARPA support would be
>fantastic also. The list in it's current form is simple and is
>searchable via browser keyword search though a bit unwieldy given
>the shear amount of posts on a single archive page.
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>Subject: [rp-ml] Moving the RPML
>Thanks to all who've responded. I hope the discussion eventually
>results in a reasonable consensus on what to do. I'm very happy to
>hear that Hannu is possibly going to continue to be involved and
>that he has found possibilities that might offer continuity and
>stability. The idea of the SME, GARPA or a related RP-involved
>organization hosting the RPML is, I think, probably the best way to
>make sure that the discussion remains as open as possible.
>Thanks to Deeplip and others for suggesting and setting up test
>Google and Yahoo Groups, and also the suggestion for FreeLists. I
>finally had a chance to look at these this morning. I think they're
>good secondary possibilities, but only if nothing simpler can be
>worked out. Also, porting more than a decade of archives to
>such services might be very difficult or require a lot of effort.
>The mailing list format is preferable, and a continuation of the
>RPML that doesn't require members to opt-in (again) by creating
>individual accounts, as seems the case with Yahoo and Google, is
>also highly desirable.
>The majority of members never post, but they do seem to listen. The
>mailing list format lets them do that without effort. It also
>fosters the possibility that they will post in the future if the
>discussion piques their interest enough to overcome their
>shyness. Requiring readers to exert conscious effort such as going
>to a web page periodically to participate, or asking them to sign up
>- even if trivial - will almost assuredly result in decimation of the group.
>The limited and possibly declining membership of the RPML is
>extremely valuable to hang on to. We should try to make it grow and
>encourage greater participation. That can best be done by remaining
>on-topic and posting some good stuff, avoiding nasty responses and
>sniping, and making sure we don't repeat the mistakes of the past.
>I didn't support the precipitous attempts in the past to immediately
>abandon ship when troubles arose. First, none of the attempts to
>establish a new group had ever worked. Second, after years and
>years of service I think we owed the list owners and technical gurus
>more than a little loyalty.
>Hannu and Seppo still get 51% of the votes, as far as I'm concerned.
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