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Re: [ARSCLIST] The case for message boards.

Hi Brandon

I agree with you.  In fact, most of the posts I don't even read, I just hit
delete!  I find it frustrating that these conversations are carried on using
the list.  Why can't people just email the given party directly?  Makes
sense to me and then I don't have to keep going through unwanted mail.

My 2 cents worth.


Marie O'Connell
Sound Archivist/Audio Engineer/Sound Consultant
3017 Nebraska Avenue
Santa Monica, CA, 90404
Ph: 310-453-1615
Fax: 310-453-1715
Mobile: 601-329-6911

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Brandon Burke
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 2:11 PM
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ARSCLIST] The case for message boards.

With all due respect:

There are entirely too many people on this list to justify the amount
of three and four person conversations posted daily... to all of us.

At last May's meeting i talked to several people -- people who actually
attend the meetings -- that have either quit the list or simply  
ignore it now.
This is bad, for a number of reasons, and i cannot help but think  
that it is
the result of ARSClist functioning through email since -- and  
so -  it is very easy to forget that each and every post is sent to  
hundreds of people.

My contention is that too many of these conversations are indeed that -
*conversations* between only a handful of people - and not something
appropriate for mass distribution. Here a message board would come in
handy as i would no longer be the recipient forty messages a day, the
majority of which are of little interest to me professionally.

Secondly, and to the point about klunky interfaces, it is my opinion  
message boards are infinitely easier to navigate when searching for old
messages/topics. If i were interested in messages regarding  
copyright, i could
go to the [Copyright] section. Likewise, for other issues:  
preservation, engineering,
cataloging, discography. Instead, and as it stands now, a search  
among the
ARSClist archives results in a list of messages about which context is a
near-mystery, since it is possible for any one message to have  
several replies,
none of which are linked. Add to this the fact that search queries  
(currently) produce
results only at the message level - rather than entire threads, with  
all posts
in chronological order - and you have nothing short of a complete mess.

(Have you ever tried to print an entire ARSClist thread in  
chronological order??)

The question becomes: is this list a country club or are we providing  
a service
for the sound collections community? I'm of the opinion that it is  
the latter.

thanks and happy friday,

Brandon Burke
Archivist for Audio Collections
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6010
vox: 650.724.9711
fax: 650.725.3445
email: burke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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