future technology for the INDOLOGY list

Lindquist, Steven slindqui at MAIL.SMU.EDU
Thu Aug 16 22:27:47 UTC 2012

> From my experience, a bulletin board system as an active interface really only makes sense with large communities where subdividing into several sub-communities, FAQs, forums, etc. makes sense because it would otherwise entail far too much email or be too difficult to search.   With smaller groups, a BB can be useful as a passive interface (i.e., as a means of archiving).

Indology is not large enough to necessitate an active web forum, I don't think (in fact, I imagine the annoyance of logging in, scanning forums, posting between forums, etc. will decrease activity), so if the choice is "one or the other," I would much prefer an email-based system like we use now.



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On 17/08/2012 02:43, Jan E.M. Houben wrote:
Dear Dominik,
This example does not look very convincing / inspiring to me ...

On 7 August 2012 12:09, Dominik Wujastyk <wujastyk at gmail.com<mailto:wujastyk at gmail.com>
<mailto:wujastyk at gmail.com>> wrote:

     Here are some examples of what a "bulletin board" looks like.

       * http://www.phpbb.com/showcase/?sid=bdaba11d6613123df04e088fce4b2cba


     On 7 August 2012 11:15, Dominik Wujastyk <wujastyk at gmail.com<mailto:wujastyk at gmail.com>
     <mailto:wujastyk at gmail.com>> wrote:

         At some point in the future, this INDOLOGY list will need an
         update or overhaul.  Looking around at the software that's
         available, it looks as if we would have the choice between
         continuing with an email-based discussion forum very much as we
         do now, or switching to a "bulletin board" style of system,
         which would be manipulated through a website.  It would be nice
         to have both in one package, but so far I haven't found that
         (except Google groups, which I'd prefer not to use for other

         I've put together a simple poll to ask your opinion.  Would you
         vote here please?

           * http://votebin.appspot.com/HJTGLCGH

         If there's an option I haven't thought of, you can add it.


         Dominik Wujastyk

         INDOLOGY list manager

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