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Looks like most of the people are happy with this type of email listserver and do not want to change. Option 2b would be a good economical option.
 
There are two ways of getting multiple messages:
1.  On the web using internet explorer or firefox or AOL.
2.  By email.
 
Option 1: I would prefer a bulletin board format used at this following site:
 
Option 2a:  Pay someone a lot of money (hardware, bandwidth and maintenance support) to run a listserver.
 
Option 2b:  One of the options that I had proposed to SEAOSC was to try Yahoo Groups.  I am a member of another group under Yahoo Groups and it is very similar to the listserver.  People need to go through a registration process for security purposes and setup their mode.  There are options to post documents/files also.  Emails will be delivered to your email box and if you want you can get a digest mode.  The best is it updates on the net also, so you don't have to be bombarded by email.  It can handle a big groups since I have seen groups close to 20,000 members.  You can go in a read them on the net and answer to questions to. Best of all it is free.
 
 
Hope this helps.
 
Aswin Ranga Swamy, P.E.
Los Angeles, California
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 8:49 AM
Subject: informal survey of listserve users


Hello all.
After a long absence from this listserver in an attempt to reduce the flood of email that I get every day (futile, by the way), I have rejoined the server with the basic purpose to ask you all some questions about this service.

SEAOSC, the sponsor of this listserver, is in the process of revamping our web pages. As a part of this, it is likely that they will restructure both the hardware and software aspects of the servers, including the maintenance of the servers.  Since the listserver is, at least in terms of bandwidth use, a large part of our server, and also since the listserver has largely been unchanged since it's original introduction, it seems appropriate to study if there might be better technologies that we might introduce to improve this service.

I do not pretend to be an expert in this stuff, in fact I am quite the opposite.  I have done some looking around and it seems that format options are (a) the email messaging system that we now use, (b) something called "blogs" that I don't know much about, and (c) a message board format that many organizations use.  An example of an engineering message board can be found at www.eng-tips.com, which seems to have a nice organization but does not seem to promote responses to questions as much as our current system.  Also, it seems a bit too broad in the range of topics that it covers.

Basically, I guess what I'm asking is, do you the users want to see any changes made in how this server operates, and if so, what?

regards,
Martin W. Johnson, S.E., SECB