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Author Topic: Ham related internet mailing lists and forums.  (Read 359 times)
KT1F
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« on: August 10, 2009, 10:10:48 AM »

Here's a question and I guess a bit of a grumble about ham radio related internet forums and mailing lists. I'm especially thinking of those on Yahoo Groups.

Why are most groups setup so that only members can read the message archives? I often go to an interesting group and would like to read the archives. I nearly always find that I can't do this unless I join which means filling in the box to "Please tell the group owner about yourself and why you would like to join the group" and waiting for approval. Often a quick scan of the archives will inform me more about the group and if I really want to join.

It makes good sense to require joining before allowing someone to post but to require it just to read the archives seems like an unnecessary impediment. I believe (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) that these are separate settings under the admin's control for a Yahoo Group. I have to wonder if it's often just the default setting that is left as is without much thought.

Are "lurkers" so undesirable?  eHam and qrz.com don't seem to care.
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N3OX
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2009, 06:03:14 PM »

I agree with you but do not know the reason.
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Dan
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WB5JEO
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2009, 07:17:11 AM »

I don't know what the default is, but you might be right. Yahoo likes people to sign on, because if they don't deliberately opt out of the marketing emails, they get to send them. Otherwise, it seems odd that nearly all have their archives blocked. I can see it in a highly specialized group that prefers to limit participation to a circle of adepts, but many of them describe themselves as offering help for beginners. It's an option that can be set by the moderator.
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W5ER
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009, 07:42:56 AM »

The amount of members a group has matters, the my tower is bigger than yours mentality.

When I recently signed up for a few groups I did not choose a couple of groups that had 26 or 30 members, instead I went with the larger 100 plus member groups. Just that strength in numbers means an excess of advisors and hopefully more available knowledge to select from.

If you are allowed access to the groups wealth of knowledge some people would just absorb all that info and give nothing back. Like this site, I was visiting for awhile then finally wanted to post a reply and had to sign up or I'd probably still be under the radar.

Status, it matters to group leaders and to users.

73 Ed
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