Yes, this is an interesting suggestion. The mailing list is a low-volume and moderated information channel, primarily focused on job ads and conference calls. A lively discussion forum is something quite different, so we just need to be sure that we don’t loose the current function of the mailing list, if we make such a move. Is there a way to get the best of both worlds?
I am less inclined to get rid of the mailing list entirely, if only because I think having an option for a uni-directional, email-only communications channel is a good option for those who would rather not sign up to/wouldn’t use a forum (for example, this forum is probably not accessible in places where there is government-controlled internet). That said I’m also not averse to moving it from Google Groups, say to a regular old-fashioned mailing list (remember those??)
I think we ended up doing this with the Australasian Computer Music Association mailing list… it was hosted by some university and then they dropped it, so we had a google group for a while, but some of our members are in China so that didn’t work, and now we have a mailman list on (the creatively named) mailmanlists.net
Funny detail here is that mailmanlists.net is actually based in Canberra. I wonder if they would give me a local area discount?
Yes, we used to have it running on a university server. This works well if someone is in charge of it (in the long run). It is more challenging if someone moves to a new university and don’t have any rights on the server any longer…
There’s no reason not to keep the mailing list the way it is except that it’s running on google groups, and it’s certainly stable, but I would say that all the mailing list stuff should be published to the forum (in #announcements) but not the other way round.
@charlesmartin Andrew Johnston is the ml admin now. I help out as as moderator, as does Tom Mitchell. Yes I agree that publishing all ml posts in this forum is a good way to include people who are not able to join the ml. Perhaps a forum will eventually supersede the ml.
Hi everyone, I agree it would be nice to keep both running and see whether the forum replaces or adds to the ml. As others have said, I suspect the forum will encourage more questions, requests and discussion (like this), whereas the ml is principally used for broadcasting.
I have a feeling that the ml makes the NIME community accessible - it’s probably easier to add the ml email to your cc list than it is to register on a forum, find the announcements section and share relevant calls/jobs/etc.
@charlesmartin do you know if there is a way to get NIME ml announcements posted automatically to the forum?
I am also a fan of the mailing list. But I could see the forum replacing it if there was a recreate the low volume announcement type mailing and not here’s-everything-everyone-said-on-the-forum type mailings.