Ed, let me just say that you’re taking a good political stance going into Monday's CR meeting!
By the way, you have my permission to blame me for this decision since I won’t be at the meeting. I'll be away on business next week, so it will take a while for me to get back to all of the hate mail in my inbox. ;)
When Jason and Sam asked a few of us via email if we wanted to be included in the name of this new forum, I thought it would be better to be included in the forum rather than excluded. My reasoning was simple: inclusion is good, exclusion is bad. Both regions are very closely related and we want to keep the lines of communication flowing regardless of where they occur. But I still question their ability to alphabetize. :)
Since Jason and Sam said they had already voted to create this new forum at the Milwaukee meeting, I decided not to discourage them by pointing out all of the little potential problems with the idea, i.e. like confusion over which forum would be the “official” forum. Several other people who were copied on the original and subsequent emails discussing this idea quickly jumped in to point out what they perceived as potential flaws after my initial response to Jason. David was included, so rest assured that they got an earful.
I suggested that Jason and Sam simply post a message on chicagoautox to make their announcement and then let people decide on their own which forum they prefer. I also warned them that more people would bitch and moan if they decided to go ahead, which they apparently did.
I think time will tell which forum people prefer by which site they end up using. I also think that an “open market” method of deciding which is preferable better serves the community than an autocratic decision. Yes, I realize that may mean, if you’ve got something important to say, you may want to post it in both places to make sure everyone sees it.
I personally prefer a web interface because I can get to the information from any computer that I'm on and I don't have to maintain a copy locally. I already receive way too much email to keep up, and I don’t need some mailing list spamming me with information that I may never read. I realize that others have perfectly sound reasons for desiring email delivery, but it’s not my preference by a long shot. I use the web interface on yahoo, which I think sucks, but it’s better than email for me.
I prefer vBulletin over this software, but in general, this is the type of software that I find has the features that provide a more compelling internet community than yahoogroups. I can even edit my posts to fix the typos and gramatical errors that I always find just after I hit the send button. I realize that others prefer the yahoo groups format for their own perfectly valid reasons.
That’s all from Memphis for this evening. See many of you on Sunday.