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- From: "h.d.richardson" <h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)telus.net>
- Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 08:31:21 -0600
Attached is a copy of an e-mail sent to me by my son regarding my earlier posts.
H. Daryl Richardson
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 7:26 AM
Subject: Re: Important Message: SEAINT Continues on LinkedIn SEAOSC group
There are a couple issues with what is going on here.
Firstly, the management of the list had decided that the LinkedIn forums are apropriate for their content. This brings up some issues I haven't had time to research, such as who owns the copyrights on the material: Some sites own what is posted there, and you wouldn't be able to continue to post your own archives on your own website. This has implications if the forum you migrate to stops operation, while if you run your site and a distribution list you always have control: Some costs in terms of operation, and management, but control still.
The second issue I see with retaining a distribution list, in contrast to the list management wanting to move it, is what I'm going to call Forum Fracturing: The management will be unlikely to co-operate with an independent list (and may not even be able to within the terms of service under which you joined: they cannot give away the list.) I saw a suggestion for Google Groups in the list as well. What happens to the forum when some go to LinkedIn, some go to a distribution list, and some go to Google Groups? With the supporting organization wanting to go to LinkedIn you are not simply taking over an existing distribution list, you are forming a new forum. This is a different game, in terms of effort to run the list. The underlying technology can be handled by a home PC (Leaving aside my personal biases about not running anything important on home grade equipment -- Use server grade systems with memory error detection and correction, RAID drives, and other things to prevent systems not being available because of a simple error) or on a co-located server, and there are several companys providing this service at a few dollars per month.
The list management should have done their Due Dilligence with regards to the Intelectual Property issues I've aluded to above, but I haven't seen their explanation to their membership of WHY they chose this route. I'm a LinkedIn member, it is the one "Social Media" place I have a membership in online at the moment. The site does have a different feel to is than a distribution list does. Joining the site does require more personal information from you than joining a list does as well: while you don't have to fillin you profile there, I also haven't investigated what access you have without doing so. Efforts to get them to expound further on why they want to make the change may be useful.
We can discuss this further, but feel free to pass this along to the list. Just take my email address off, as I'm not monitoring it on a daily basis.
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