We discussed and decided that for at least the short term, we would take me (Steve Isenberg) up on my offer to host the email list as part of my Dreamhost ISP account.
CharlyS is checking on what it would take for the group to get a 501c3; once we have this, then Dreamhost will give us a free account, and it's likely that groups.io would as well.
QUESTION: Does Lexington Community Center have a 501c3? If so could we use its 501c3 to get a free account at one of these?
|Get email addresses from Yahoo Group||DONE|
|Create new group||DONE||List address (for posting messages) is:
|Test new group, send email to it and see it distribute message to select test subjects||DONE||added footer, sent test message|
|Add all current Yahoo group's email addresses to the new group||DONE|
|Send message to Yahoo Group saying we are switching and give new address||sent to new list DONE|
|Add list address for new group to the YahooGroup (so email sent to old Yahoo group will go to new group for distribution||NOT DONE as I turned off mailings to the list|
|Set all members of current Yahoo group so not receive email (means we rely on new group)||DONE by disallowing email to the yahoo list|
When this is all done,
|Need to download all of the documents/files to non-yahoo space||CharlyS did this? Verify||TBD|
|Find place and way to store all of these files (Steve's Wiki? Elsewhere?)||TBD|
|Need to see how to get old messages||DONE, downloaded 9,233 messages to a mbox file|
|How to store them somewhere so they can be searched and read||TBD|
See the group wiki at http://lctg.toku.us as I have put usage info there.
|Category||Needs||Post-Yahoo Groups Solution|
|Email List||Way to add/delete members.|
|Email List||Must support multiple person management|
|Email List||Archiving of messages and way for later lookup.|
|File Storage||Way to save presentation handouts||(this wiki)|
|Videos of presentations||Way to collect links to presentations||(this wiki)|
|Transition mailing list to new spot||Can do by export list and import at new spot if new spot allows|
|Transition email history to new spot|
|Transition archived files to new spot|
|Groups.io||$220 for first year|
| ||works like usual Facebook feed|
|Discord||Mostly for gaming and live interactions like when you're playing a game; voice and text chat|
|Slack||free||5GB file storage; saves 10k messages, searchable|
|Dreamhost discussion group||free (part of Steve's subscription)||Uses Mailman interface|
Another email list/group is transferring to groups.io and here is information they've shared with me. (Thanks CH)
Dreamhost is a ISP (Internet Service Provider) that offers free services to 501c3 organizations. I (Steve Isenberg) own an account there (I pay for it) and it is no added cost to me to create another email list and to store files there.
From Late 2018 - Early 2019
Currently considering Steve Isenberg's Dreamhost discussion list, email@example.com
There is no problem with using two systems – Steve's Mailman is an excellent system used successfully by many, and I have had excellent results with Weebly, having used it since its inception on 2006 for all of my website development. It has all of the multimedia features you could want, and also a good ability for collaboration by multiple editors. It's what I used (with very little investment of time) for the lexcandt.weebly.com website. I used the plan white wrapper theme to avoid wasting my time of dreaming up clever graphics… Seems quite consistent with the Mailman look and feel. Just to show how quick and easy it is, I updated it to reflect the four items mentioned in my list above.
We should introduce this idea at one of our upcoming meetings and get feedback from the group. Also get feedback from those who don’t/can’t come to the meetings.
[Jonathan] This seems to be clean and nice, but I'm wondering what problem we're trying to solve. Are there things that bother you about our current Yahoo pages? The things that bother me are that Yahoo no longer automatically generates meeting notices from the calendar (and sometimes blocks access to it). Right now, I keep our Yahoo home page (at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LexingtonComputerGroup/management/settings) pretty much up to date. I stopped keeping our calendar (at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LexingtonComputerGroup/events) up to date a few months after it stopped generating meeting notices. I also manually generate meeting notices using the general format of the previously automatically generated notices. Do we need more or different? Is there a calendar facility that will allow automatic notice generation?
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