"Richard Amirault" <>
Sent: 12/30/2001 5:27:36 PM

Re: [gpsstash] Re: Do we want a usenet group? (RFD)

See comments below....

Richard Amirault N1JDU Boston,
MA, USA "Go Fly A Kite"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy Hall"
> I find it ironic that there is way more discussion on this list about
> where to discuss geocaching than discussions on geocaching itself :-)

True ;-)

> In the five months preceding this one, there has been an average of
> 1.07 messages per day on this list (I'm not counting this month
> as the discussions don't really seem to be about geocaching; doing
> so raises the average to a whopping 1.37/day)
> Not that I'm against a newsgroup, the more fora the better, I guess.
> It just seems a bit pointless, and I guess runs the risk of further
> fragmenting where people discuss geocaching.
> Why is a newsgroup better than this list? If it is the ads (are there
> still ads?), might I suggest procmail.
> It has been reported that the participants in the highest volume
> geocaching forum don't seem interested, so it would seem that those
> who are interested in staying on top of the discussions still need
> to develop or maintain a way to read that forum, so it seems that
> a newsgroup doesn't really solve the problem. Perhaps I am missing
> something?

It was never suggested that a usenet newsgroup would be for only those on
this mailing list. Historically, newsgroups were (and are) the main fourm
for discussion on the internet. However, those folks who are not "old hands"
with this computer stuff may not even know about them, and I'm not suprised
that there is little enthusiam for starting a usenet group from those who
post on Jeremey's discussion pages, but if we start a newsgroup some of
those folks may discover it and find they like it better than what they have

I used to read and post there but when Jeremy insisted on anyone who posts
must "log in" (and to do so he requires me to accept cookies..which I don't
do) I gave up reading there. I have created 3 and found over 50 Geocaches
and have *never* posted a log on Jeremy's pages.

Starting a Usenet newsgroup is not an attemt to "fragment where people
discuss Geocaching" but more of an attempt to standardize it.