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As a part of the website development team I thought I might share some
info which relates directly to what you were saying.

Further to the discussions during to the conference call, my POV
concerning "communications channels" is that lists don't make a good
information storage medium. People quote badly, people go OT, people
rant, and ideas and info easily get lost in the noise. They *can* be
good for brainstorming. But very soon after each important thread
reaches a natural conclusion, someone needs to collate and summarize
the results and then post them to the wiki.

We found exactly the same thing within the website team that too many
rants were getting in the way of progress on many topics. With the
steering committee's decision to move to Drupal within 6 months, the
team who are currently working on the implementation had to tackle
these exact issues. We have come up with a way to satisfy all (most)
of our community with forums which would also allow mailing list
functionality for those who would actually still choose to use it.

For those interested the official Drupal development site is located at:
(sorry about the localisation, but I plan an Aussie group setup after
it goes live on
P.S. Anyone with Drupal theme experience would be greatly appreciated.

Until the Drupal site is setup this kind of functionality will not be
'officially' available, but in the meantime the website team has been
chatting through the mailing list, tracking the ideas and progress on
the wiki and turning great ideas into reality. See:

(Google Wave is also great for brainstorming, in many ways, but takes
some getting used to, and also demands "posting discipline".)

A 'Wave' is an open source federated communication protocol. In
'non-geeklish' we can install a wave server on our server and use
either a web based client or desktop clients to access the server.
This is a great idea. I will float the idea in the website mailing
list and see what kind of response I get.

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