Re: Handling email

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Thu Nov 04 2004 - 18:45:56 CST

Robert,

> I suggest dividing the list into two lists - one for business and
> announcements, one for general discussion. I've had to do that with
> several listgroups in the past, and it usually works well.
>
We divided the list once before. People that were working on the demo
became swamped with messages unrelated to demo development. So we created a
separate list. It did work (although that list is now dormant. The last
message seems to have been JUL 16).

We have talked about an announcements-only list but I'm not sure what became
of that concept.

For people that actually like to participate in discussions but are not
involved in OVC mission critical stuff, a possible division might break
along these lines. Less than half of the voting-project list members are
OVC members. I suspect non-members are less interested in organizational
stuff. So, maybe OVC members (board members, founding members, supporting
members, etc.) would be on one list and we could have another list that
would be primarily non-members but could include members too. The problem I
see is that some members that are on both lists will want to send a message
to both lists (we had this problem when developers and non-developers had
separate lists with some overlap). If members and non-members are strictly
segregated, then a lot of interesting discussion would be missed by people
that would like to participate in some thread on the other list.

I'm not sure about dividing the list at this point.

Alan D.
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