[okfn-za] Time to create a super group?

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Mon Feb 10 13:00:02 UTC 2014

Hi Adi,

The idea definitely is good to join people up more but I do wonder whether
the solution to too many mailing lists is another mailing list ;-)

I'd note that e.g. okfn-za list isn't confined to a specific geography or
topic already (and that may be true for other mailing lists) so I'm not
sure that's the issue (?).


On 7 February 2014 06:22, Siyabonga Africa <siyafrica at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey Adi
> I am totally behind this idea. I think our interests are relatively the
> same in this area.
> Thanks and regards
> Siya
> On Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 8:18 AM, Adi Eyal <adi at code4sa.org> wrote:
>> Hi All
>> I often cross post to multiple open data oriented groups. That's not a
>> great system.
>> It's problematic for people who are registered on more than one group.
>> A reply to all bounces if you're not registered on a particular group
>> It fragments the community.
>> Are there any objections to create a super group the represents
>> general open data interests nationwide? Obviously each group might
>> have specific niche interests (e.g. hackshackers) so existing groups
>> wouldn't disappear. I suggest something like opendata-za. We could
>> automatically move everyone on each group to a new one.
>> An opt-out might be better than an opt-in because otherwise we might
>> lose half of the community due to the sheer volume of emails that most
>> people receive  in the inboxes.
>> Any reason why we shouldn't do it?
>> A deafing silence will signal no objection. I'll create the group on
>> on Friday next week unless good reasons are put forward not to do so.
>> Also, send individual opt-outs off-list by then if you don't want to
>> be added to yet another mailing list.
>> Regards
>> Adi
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