- Hi there . the YLT Sig now has 700 odd members but when there is a discussion only about 6-18 people are ever active participants . the vast majority areMessage 1 of 11 , May 1, 2010View Source
Hi there … the YLT Sig now has 700 odd members but when there is a discussion only about 6-18 people are ever active participants … the vast majority are ‘lurkers’ … it’s not a bad thing at all … most (we think) of the YLT Sif discussion group members are L2 speakers of English and just enjoy reading the postings (I’ve had many conversations with ‘lurkers’ in various parts of the world) … so personally I’d stick to what you know and keep going with discussions … maybe also invite other Sigs to join yours when you have one organised, that’s worked well for us too … I’m not sure if Dennis is a TD Sig member but I’ve copied him in as he’s YLT Sig discussion moderator and he might share some ideas with you … Iskra is shadowing Dennis …
Just my tuppence worth … but gut feeling don’t give up … bfn, Wendy
OTOH, I can say from experience that once you have got a mailing list together, if you lose all the e-mail addresses, it's hard to get the collection back together.
You might consider relaunching the group as a google group and tie it into Google's Buzz to try and make it more active. But that would depend on everyone having google accounts.
I think we are seeing a boom in social network sites and activities, but this too will settle down and most people will find they have their limits. If they didn't participate in a particular group online when it was a simle e-mail list, they might not be very interested if it is a social network group.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
U. of Fukui, Japan