[mailto:owner-sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Raleigh Martin
Sent: Monday, March 24,
To: San Juan 23 List
Subject: New San
Juan 23 Group
I have recently created a Yahoo!
Group for anyone interested in the San
Juan 23. I enjoy
participating in the SJ23 Internet Fleet and appreciate the efforts of those
that maintain the web site. I do not wish to re-create the wheel or ruffle
any feathers but Yahoo! Groups offer some features that do not seem to be
currently available through the Internet Fleet web site or majordomo e-mail
list unless I am just missing something (it has happened before!). I see the
new Group as an enhancement to the communications capabilities available to
SJ 23 enthusiasts, not as a replacement.
The San Juan 23 Yahoo! Group, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sanjuan23
allows members to interact on several levels. The only potentially
objectionable issue, for some people, is that you must register with Yahoo!
and the group pages contain a few advertisements (typical of all free web
forums, my internet security software blocks them so it’s not an issue for
me at all). Registering with Yahoo! is free and easy and I have never found
that I receive any unsolicited mail, etc. as a result of my participation in
several such groups.
Members have access to the
Board. E-mail messaging is a
capability that already exists with the SJ 23 majordomo list and thus is
somewhat redundant but you may find that you prefer one format or the other.
One feature that I particularly like about the Group mail setup is that
members can elect to receive either individual e-mails each time a new
message is posted or only a single daily digest, containing all messages for
that day. Alternatively, you can elect not to receive e-mails at all and
just view the messages on the Group site any time that you log in. I haven’t
found a way to elect a digest with the majordomo list and I really don’t
like getting numerous daily e-mails.
Members can create polls to solicit “voting type” responses from other
members. I have used this feature to poll members about interest in sailing
get-togethers, opinions on the best way to do a project, preferences for
materials, etc. It differs from posting a message on the message board
in that you do not receive individual e-mail responses, just a tally of
“votes”. This is cleaner and easier if you don’t need detailed
Members can schedule times to
log in and “chat” in real time in the Group chat room.
Files. Members can upload digital
files directly to the Group. Files can include scanned copies of
brochures, word processing documents, or any other files that might be of
interest to other members.
Albums. Members can create their own
photo albums and upload photos of their boat, cruise pictures, etc.
can add their favorite SJ 23 or other sailing links directly to the
can add dates for events of interest to other members to the Group
Members can create databases for
the Group. I have started a Skippers List where members can add their
name, boat name, sail/hull # and home port.
If you would like to see how a
Yahoo! Group can work, I have an existing Group that I started for trailer
sailors at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scbtrailersailors
(the San Juan 23 Group is brand new and does not have much on it yet,
although I’m expecting that to change soon!).
Please check out the new Group
if you are interested: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sanjuan23