[RTC List] Let's get beyond Listserve:
bob at morsemedia.net
Tue Oct 28 10:09:59 PDT 2008
Just so you know, the RTC site runs on Drupal (http://drupal.org) and a
forum is easy enough to do within that system, so there is no need to
have a forum hosted elsewhere. There is a built in forum module and
there are modules that integrate third party forums if one of those is
preferred. Of course, anyone is welcome to start a forum elsewhere.
We have gone back and forth with the idea of a forum. Long ago, using a
different system, the RTC site ran a forum. Almost no one used it. There
is nothing worse than an empty forum. When we did a survey recently, no
one asked for a forum. Many people did express appreciation for the
mailing list. However, I'm sure the board would be open to entertaining
that idea again.
Just a different perspective: The list is relatively small (around 250
subscribers). A forum may have a tendency to fragment that small group
into smaller silos of interest. I believe that's what made the previous
forum appear inactive. And that appearance feeds on itself.
Sean Ennis, ScanDoc wrote:
> I like Sean's suggestion about a forum.
> I would only add that most forum systems allow for users to opt in to
> email notifications of new topics, or receipt of the actual posts, so
> those who would rather not have to make the extra step to login and
> check for new info would still get notified when they check email.
> Sean Ennis
> At 10:11 PM 10/27/2008, you wrote:
>> Thanks, Robert:
>> This is excellent info. I've cross-confirmed against other sources of
>> Makes me wonder if RTC ought to start a proper forum in lieu of this
>> Most of this Listserve/news group mailing is junk in my inbox,
>> honestly, but there are many diamonds in the rough that I'd love to
>> track . . . though that's not now easy to do in this environment.
>> What's more, I at least appreciate it as one core stream of news
>> about what is going on in IT locally. I just think this whole news
>> group/listserve this is too 20th century, and not the best way to
>> facilitate the flow of information among everyone.
>> A proper forum would be more 21st century -- and enable nice things
>> like RSS, Topics, Subscription to Topics, and over all sorting of
>> For example, while I HATED SuddenLink as they were rolling over from
>> <mailto:Cox/@Home>Cox/@Home, I realized that it was growing pains,
>> and I've had very little issues with them since: however, others
>> obviously have serious issues. So, a forum would sort all of this out
>> for those interested in that topic of conversation, while not
>> bothering others who aren't interested.
>> I've always been so darned busy running my business that I've never
>> been able to make it to a single RTC meeting, and I doubt that will
>> change soon . . . . however, I'd be willing to set up, host, and
>> basically admin a forum for RTC if I could count on some help with
>> day to day admin.
>> With all of the tools now at our disposal so easily, I just don't
>> think that a listserve is the best way for local folks to network, IMHO.
>> Warm regards,
>> Sean Connors
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>> Subject: [RTC List] Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 – Critical
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