What is the relation between this new forum and Slack? And how are slack, whatever this is called (talk? forums? facebook (and god knows what else) simpler, easier and better than an email list?
I realize i am old, but:
- having written my first “hello world” program in FORTRAN on punch cards in 1968
- having salivated over the Altair computer kit when it was on the cover of Popular Electronics in 1974
- done recreational programming in the 1980s to pass the time in Nicaragua,
- having used the original 128K Mac,
- been networked for 30 years since the good old Compuserve days,
- worked on hardware and software manuals and translations (back when those were book-sized items that came as part of hideously overpriced packages),
- been a beta-tester for various packages including OS/2
- having helped design and trouble shoot CNN’s election-night software,
- having been CNN en Español’s sci-tech producer for a decade and a half, and
- bring currently in charge of the technical side of an Internet radio station run by people in and around GLAHR and the immigrant rights movement …
I wonder whether I’m not seeing something i’ve seen a few times in the past: reinvention of the wheel to make it 6-sided, which inevitably leads to people also adopting the 8-sided model.
On account of both slack and it appears this thing use emails to let you know to go look at new postings, which raises the question, why not just put the new information or comment directly in the email? You say, just check this forum and slack, and our facebook page, and our website, and the national website and twitter and instagram and …
But I already check emails every day.
AND I’d rather skip posting stuff on private web sites run for profit that harvest personal information and posts for data that can be sold. Remember, if you’re not paying for the service, then you are the product.
At any rate, before I get even more curmudgeony, could someone post an explanation of all our different MADSA communication channels, Slack, this talk/forum thing that I’m using right now, emails, facebook, the web site, and somewhere I heard something about a newsletter and also apparently a southern caucus chat or something?
That, BTW, is a serious question. Some of my comments were light-hearted, but I really do want to know. Seriously.