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Re: [ARSCLIST] The case for message boards.
The Society of American Archivists' "Archives and Archivists" listserv
switched last year to a software system that allows an interface similar
to a bulletin board for those who want it, while remaining a listserv.
It's not perfect, but most members have been satisfied once they got
used to the interface.
If you're in the pro-message-board-camp, you can join, but not have it
send emails to you, and instead go read them on the website whenever you
want, and respond through the online interface rather than your email
account. Non-members can read, but only list members can post and get
emails. You can see it in action at
The list is not moderated, but it does have a Coordinator, a member who
is paid a small fee (I think it's around $1,100/year) by the SAA for his
There is a lengthy terms of participation agreement, which can be viewed
I'm unaware of whether they've ever had to "enforce" the terms on a
particular participant or not, but the statement "Punitive action is
rare and generally follows numerous warnings and persistent disregard
for these Terms of Participation" seems to indicate they have.
Just thought I'd throw this out there as an example of how another group
has handed these issues.
Project Archivist, Muskie Archives & Special Collections
70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, ME 04240-6018
Parker Dinkins wrote:
on 3/6/07 10:27 AM US/Central, Eric Jacobs at EricJ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
There may be other forum and bulletin board software that offers
both an email list and a nice web UI.
Here is software which does both - http://www.webboard.com/