re:fw:Nature Aquarium World ID, Newsgroup vs. Mail List

>From: steveh at ilx_com (Steven Hicks)
>To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
>Subject: Nature Aquarium World ID, Newsgroup vs. Mail List
>Cc: steveh at coltrane_devo.ilx.com
>X-Mailer: ScoMail 1.0
>Date: Mon, 3 Jul 1995 11:15:59 -0400 (EDT)

>On the subject of the rec.aquaria split, I plan to vote for it but I
>have one concern which I have not seen mentioned here.  All messages
>to the mailing list are archived, and there is a search page
>    http://www.actwin.com/fish/aquatic-plants/search.html
>which is EXTREMELY helpful to me as a newcomer.  I assume that
>automatic archiving of every post would no longer be done if the
>discussion was moved to a newsgroup.  This would be a shame.  A FAQ is
>ok but a searchable archive of every post is 100x better.

Neil Frank, Mark Rosenstein and I have been talking about this issue.
Here's a synopsis.

Mark says does not have the resources to archive all the discussions on
the plants newsgroup (disk space, software, newsfeed etc.).  So the 
newsgroup most probably will not be archived.

On the other hand, there is no reason why the mailing list should go
away once the newsgroup is created.  Mark is willing to provide the
resources for its continued existence, including archiving of discussions.

There are many precedents for this on the net.  (The newsgroup
rec.gardens.orchids, for instance, has a corresponding mailing list.)
What usually happens is that the geeks (or gurus, depending on who you
ask) hang around in the list, and the people who just want a nice tank
with plants migrate to the newsgroup.  Usually, there is also a group
of people that provide feedback between the list and the newsgroup.

After the newsgroup is created (if it ever is :-() we on the list will 
just have to figure out how we fit into the overall scheme of things.