[Tweeters] Re: Tweeters vs. Comcast

Devorah the Ornithologist birdologist at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 02:02:15 PDT 2015

gmail is free and can be used to run email lists. (yes, i know that google
spies on its users, but unfortunately, almost every modern email provider
does spy -- not much we can do about that anymore.)

another idea is to adopt an online bulletin board format. here is a free
online bulletin board software provider that i've used several times in the


individual accounts are password protected, the software is under the GNU
general public license and thus can be formatted to meet our specific
needs, there is staff and long-time members/users available who can help
get the BB up and running and, although it doesn't send daily digests, it
can be set up to send notifications to individual participants' inboxes
when new comments are posted to specific threads on the site.

just an idea.

On Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 8:01 AM, BCVIBIrds <somegum2 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I just moved here from Victoria BC where we used Yahoo Groups to manage

> the rare bird list serve thing. I presume it was free. It might be

> something to look into if the current system becomes unusable.


> Dave Robichaud

> Seattle, WA, USA



> > On Sep 30, 2015, at 2:53 PM, Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl at comcast.net>

> wrote:

> >

> > A couple of weeks ago, I didn't receive my Tweeters Digest, as has

> happened several times in the past. I use Comcast email. I corresponded

> with Hal Opperman, who was, at the time, subbing for Dan Victor as the

> Tweeters admin. Though he was unable to do anythingto remedy my problem

> from his end, I wrote to another Tweeter, who agreed to try to forward her

> digest that day, to me. It worked, i.e. I received all the posts, but in a

> strange way - they came to me as 19 separate attachments - not ideal, but

> OK for this Deihl. I shared this success with Hal and he then tried to

> forward me the same day's digest - it came, but loaded with messed-up

> formatting and Hal said he'd never do that again - I was his test subject

> ! Then he sent me the following comments:

> >

> > Barb,

> >

> > The listserv software application the UW uses (Mailman) is very old and,

> I believe, no longer fully supported. But the tech world continues to

> evolve. More and more incompatibilities are surfacing as the years go by —

> mostly just a minor annoyance so far. I doubt the UW will switch to a more

> up-to-date program before Mailman becomes effectively useless. Nice thing

> about Mailman for them and for us is that it is free. Migrating to a new

> application would be very costly. Public-service lists such as Tweeters

> might not survive the changeover if some department or another had to pay

> to run them.

> >

> > Hal

> >

> > ---------------------------

> >

> > Looks like things may not get any better before Tweeters disappears for

> good ? It's always about $, isn't it ?

> >

> > Good luck to all of us who use and like the Tweeters mode of

> communication with each other about birds and such...

> >

> > Thanks to all of you who have shared your thoughts, findings and

> techniques re: Comcast and spam issues. Each helps one or more of us cope

> with the technology...

> >

> > And, a BIG note of appreciation for all the fun and help, comraderie and

> education I have experienced throughout my 7 or so years of using the WA

> Tweeters List. Thanks.

> >

> > I'll likely be one who hangs on until the last Tweeter tweets :-)

> >

> > Barb Deihl

> > Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle

> > barbdeihl at comcast.net

> >

> >

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Devorah Bennu, PhD
birdologist at gmail.com
*sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt. *[Virgil, Aeneid]
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