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Hi, :-)

On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 05:17, Christoph Noack <> wrote:
I also thought that Skype chats would be a good alternative until I
realized that I had forgotten the "mantra" that I was trying to
perform on the lists where ever needed: "many of our users have only
dial-up or mobile phone connections.

It's true that this is a consideration not to lose sight of. But many
"Web 2.0" possibilities are out of range for these people. Yet,
happily, not the conference calls, however.

Very good point! A mailing list is something which does not only work
for people with "low bandwidth", but also with (temporarily) no Internet
connection at all. Many people I know, do work on emails and such stuff
when away from home (sitting in a train, on the way to their day
jobs, ...). This "work offline" requirement had already been mentioned
by Bernhard.

Point taken... But then it's preferable for people to maintain good
"posting discipline" in all respects (proper quoting, etc.). There are
people on this list that need frequent reminding about that... ;-)

Another thing to have in mind is, that some people do feel uncomfortable
when using certain communication channels. For example, in Germany
people usually are a bit more cautious when large companies process /
own a lot of data (Facebook, Google ... just to name a few). For them it
is important to "own" the data.

Yes, this is an important consideration, and a complex topic. But it
would be there even if TDF installed OpenMeeting "in-house"...
Possibly more so, in fact, because when the info/interaction is via
"public" services such as Google Apps, Skype, etc., TDF and
participants are accepting the provider's terms of service, and the
onus of responsibility weighs a *little* less on TDF? It's a subject
that could become a long and involved discussion...

Quite a number of wishes, or? Well, there is a project that I've been
watching since some time ... OpenMeetings [1]. Today, I gave the demo a
try (again) and everything worked flawlessly - so might this be
something that drives collaboration? In my opinion: Yes.

It's a terrific-looking tool, and could be a very good solution...
subject to addressing the above-mentioned legal/ethical issues.

This may improve things for the website team, the marketing team, the
design team, ... What do you think?

+1... Thanks for the interesting idea/links. :-)

David Nelson

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