Allan Leonard

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    Allan Leonard commented  · 

    I appreciate your request. For now, I use the third-party service, FeedBurner, to enable individuals to subscribe to my WA Blog. FeedBurner offers simple hyperlink text to a form for individuals to subscribe to your WA blog via email postings.

    FeedBurner: www.feedburner.com

    Example of my implementation: http://www.nifoundation.net/Default.aspx?pageId=124003

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    Allan Leonard commented  · 

    One year later, no progress on this request :-(

    In addition to Yahoo Groups and Google Groups, Posterous.com has now introduced an email-based discussion group feature, Posterous Groups. Administrators can control who is a Subscriber or a Contributor to the group. No RSS feed as in Grouply's offering though.

    Regrettably, I'll be closing down one of my Wild Apricot sites (http://ourfuturetogether.net) because Posterous provides a much easier means of facilitating group discussion. I mean, I don't know anyone anymore who goes to a website to log in to post comments (besides us site administrators here) -- email and Facebook are all pervasive!

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    Allan Leonard commented  · 

    Still patiently awaiting progress on this, and becoming more urgent by the month. There is a company, Grouply http://www.grouply.com , that has identified this gap between social networks and group discussions, and is trying to bridge it with its product. Significant attraction is retaining existing Yahoo Groups discussion boards and members (essentially Grouply pulls discussion messages as a feed into Grouply website you create).

    So, some WA options could be:

    1. Allow WA site administrators control over for WA members "subscribe get forum post by email" option (only significant feature WA administrators don't have control over; administrators of Yahoo and Google Groups have such control)

    2. Develop post to discussion forum by email (like existing Yahoo Groups and Google Groups feature)

    3. Develop a feed reader akin to that provided by Grouply, whereby a Yahoo/Google Group owner/administrator gives WA permission to re-publish discussion posts within WA site. (This would mean that discussion posts would be made via Yahoo/Google Group email service.)

    I really need a workable solution, as some of my group/WA site members are ever only going to interact by email. Please.

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    Allan Leonard commented  · 

    While I was one who supported the use of email notifications instead of listserv, I was disappointed that this feature by default is opt-in and not opt-out for individual users (or at least not over-rideable by Administrators). I mention this because like the observation above, most of my board members couldn't be bothered to each log in and change their configuration setting for my WA website's Discussion Forum, but have asked why I can't do it for them. I *could* reset all their passwords to do this, etc., but that misses the point.

    Odd that I can change a user's email address and even delete their entire account, but I can't change a setting on how they wish to interact with a member's only discussion forum.

    I add that on other listserv applications I have used, an Administrator has such powers.

    Please allow Administrators to set user settings for WA Discussion Forum pages. Many thanks.

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    Allan Leonard commented  · 

    Email notifications of new postings to online forums are a sound solution. I actually want my members to go to our website, and notification message achieves that. If the full message was displayed in the email notification, I would fear some key members forgetting about the site.

    I hope that the email notification provides a link to the appropriate forum.

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