Joined: Feb. 2000
||Posted: Feb. 02 2013, 12:21
Thank you, Lars, for your message. The admins have not had a chance to talk about this as a group yet (and I agree with everything that Matt said).
First off, most of us admins are on FB for one purpose or another and reading MO Personal. I suppose that anyone worried that s/he is missing stuff from Facebook could subscribe, even from a library if they don’t have a home computer or smart mobile device. As Matt mentioned, in that we have posted stuff from Mike's Facebook page (as has Caroline), I too, figured tubular.net members would also subscribe there. Lately I have become amazed at the number of people who are not on FB—we assume people are, but they’re not. I’m in the middle of planning a class reunion, and while some of the older classes have been organized via Facebook, I can’t do that because I have discovered that a lot of my classmates just aren’t there. So irritating, last century, etc., but I digress. Anyway……
The way that news has traditionally worked is that sometimes we admins find stuff, sometimes members of the community find items. Often, it’s the members that alert us—look back and see how many “thank yous” there are attached to news items. Lots. It is truly a community effort, whether there are five admins or 105 (where we might get lost <-; ). We also need to sort out how much Mike and Caroline want us to post here, as opposed to Caroline posting. Are they ok with us posting everything from Facebook? Is there a different approach? We’ll figure this out.
It is so easy to miss stuff on Facebook and it can be very time-consuming to sift the news from the comments. The Amarok Mailing List used to have a filtered distribution list called Elements for people wanting only information who didn't have time to read the entire AML. It was time-consuming to compile. So, with FB we'll need to develop a more efficient method.
I find that one benefit of a forum such as this one compared to Facebook or a discussion list is that usually you can find the topic again! I have a challenging time with that on FB. Facebook doesn’t allow for the same organization. Here, you can also discuss stuff in greater depth. Even in the Facebook/social media century, IMHO both pieces are important because they serve different purposes—at least for now. Who knows what the next decade will bring!
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