from [ Marc Abrams (991203.1013) ]
I think I have come up with an idea for helping CSG move on. it's centered
around the use of the archives as a starting point of discussion. I would
like to propose that we open a new list on the CSG web site. This list would
not be monolithic like the current list is and would provide a way for
multiple threads_conviently_ going on at the same time. The list software
was introduced to me by Martin Taylor and is absolutely fabulous. Let me
run down a list of some of the advantages of using this software. _I AM NOT
ADVOCATING THE ABANDONMENT OF CSG_ there is no need.
1) It is web based. You don't have to sign on or off.
2) You don't have to receive all the mail that is sent. Each person decides
what people and topics they want to receive messages about.
3) Personal info can be kept so you could see a photo and bio data of an
individual you are communicating with. makes the communication more
4) Threads and archives are _automatically_ kept.
5) Cookies can be used to allow entrance into certain forums on entry into
the web site.
Why does CSG need another list?
My view is this. Every ( or just about ) topic that needs to be or wants
to be discussed has a long and colorful history _already_. When Bill Curry
asks "Where do we go from here?" The first question that pops into my mind
is Where are we? Well the archives gives us a strong foundation to work
from. We can look to build on what has already been done rather then trying
to re-invent the wheel every six months. The building will be an ongoing
process since things will be _added_ to existing knowledge bases.
This also provides a way to steer someone new to the net and allow them to
look at topics _they_ are interested in, so _everyone_ will have an idea of
the current state of knowledge.
Tutorials can be set up for individuals depending on the domain of interest
they come to the net with, based on archived threads.
With some help ( Computer ) from Rick and Gary, I would be willing to put
most of the work into the development of the site.
Any interest, questions, or thoughts?