Yahoo! marketing and SPAM
I thought everyone would like to know about the following news item. I
started another yahoo group for my high school alumni. I set it up so that
the directory is UNLISTED. For further safeguards, I set it up so that each
member must be approved. Most of the alumni appreciated this as it has
helped to deter some of the problems with Spam etc. Unfortunately, we have
discovered more problems for those who don't have or don't want a yahoo ID.
Due to that, my alumni list is voting on whether or not to move the list to
a secure server.
I had mentioned in a previous post that if you have a Yahoo ID, you can go
and turn off all marketing options in your yahoo preferences.
Yahoo may be a convenient way to bring us together, but we may find at some
point that we could do better. Ultimately, I think that this points us in
the direction of setting up something for ourselves. It is my sincere hope
that in the coming years we shall be able to obtain our own server, through
which we can host:
a small newsletter to start.
an eventual on-line journal
individual marbler's web pages at cost?
virtual exhibitions and photo galleries?
maintain archives of discussion groups
On-line hypertext bibliography (one that would archive related texts that
are not subject to copyright laws).
implement database resources for historical documentation and research.
We can do this if we can agree to start a non-profit organization that could
apply for the grant money to obtain the server. Some have suggested that
planning an on-line magazine may be the bait that will interest other
marblers in having such an organization. It seems much more difficult to me
to try and do that without some kind of organization to sponsor it. Without
an organization, we can't apply for grants, and without grants, we can't
afford a server.
I would love to hear the thoughts of others regarding this topic. Would
this be of interest?
- It is a very large but not impossible endeavor. I'm sure this matter will
also be discussed at the conference this year , too. It is a lot of research
and you will need people savvy in internet matters, Not marbling, to set up
and maintain the web presence. Certainly I hope the conference will allow
people a chance to discuss this matter, and here too.
> Yahoo may be a convenient way to bring us together, but we may find atsome
> point that we could do better.
- We are plannig a panel discussion on this very topic on Saturday
afternoon. Yes, you are correct that it will take a group of
"techies" to manage the web aspects. I think the idea is to start
small- have a short, occasional newsletter letter sent snail-mail.
If we can get a Non-profit up and running, then we can apply for
I might point out that when compared to what we paid for
marbling magazine subscriptions, this may actually be a little bit
cheaper and easier to manage.
I'm just brainstorming for now, but would love to hear more
comments on this issue. In particular, I would like to ask
"If we had a marbling society, what goals would you like to see
"What could a marbling society do for you personally?"
"Would you subscribe to an on-line marbling magazine?"
--- In Marbling@y..., "J Dolphin" <jdolphin@s...> wrote:
> It is a very large but not impossible endeavor. I'm sure this
> also be discussed at the conference this year , too. It is a lot of
> and you will need people savvy in internet matters, Not
marbling, to set up
> and maintain the web presence. Certainly I hope the
conference will allow
> people a chance to discuss this matter, and here too.
> > Yahoo may be a convenient way to bring us together, but we
may find at
> > point that we could do better.