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[Killietalk] Mention of Killietalk
While skimming the AKA guest list, I noted, in response to a querry on this
mailing list, that the subscription info on the bottom of the list postings
and the info recommending Killietalk on the welcome page to the AKA site
were gone. The former is especially useful to people who find these postings
in the archives by way of something like a Google search - they would be
more likely to pursue membership if it is offered them up front than if they
had to hunt for it. The latter info might hook a casual browser.
I imagine you don't want to clutter the AKA introductory page. But the
mailing list is a great resource for getting new people involved.
You and the list members are to be applauded for developing what is perhaps
the best single tool the AKA has to reach new people.
Questions and ideas are raised on this list which a newbie wouldn't even
think to ask. They gain accordingly. Come to think about it, the rest of us
stumble on neat ideas and answers to questions we never dreamed existed.
I hope the forums take off, but don't de-emphasize the mailing list which
has proved an effective place to get info. "If it ain't broken ...etc." :)
It does especially make sense to have a forum on AKA policies and ways to
fine tune the operation. (So why am I submitting this here?) The idea of
asking questions of the candidates is terrific - and it is wiser to give
them a little time for reflection, something a forum may do better.
I remember when Sexton's killie list spun several specialty forums off in
response to some popular demand. They starved to death in terms of traffic.
Even the much more successful South American Annuals list did better, I am
told, after adding Rivulus to the discussion.
As for me, I'd love to learn more about lampeyes, South American annuals,
Rivulus and even of other specialty forums which I don't even know exist.
There probably will not be time for those lists though.
A newbie will not know to go to one of those lists quickly either. Their
understanding of killies will not grow as fast as if that info were on
As a very occasional fisherman, I've discovered letting a bait or fly carry
in the current past a bunch of possible residing places for fish catches a
lot more than leaving the bait in one place. That is something of the
function of an inclusive mailing list too.
All the best,
Park Forest, IL