Not so much a 'bash' but this is best posted here I think. Re-reading, in trying to be unambiguous its turned out rather dry, which I hadn't intended
Putting on my techy project manager hat (it has a propeller on it
) I am curious as to the initial reason for putting up the bulletin board as an alternative to the Yahoo group? That's not me being shirty, rather just trying to find out what the deficiencies of the group are thought to be. If the BB is to replace the group, fixing these should be what drives the development of the BB. Yahoo has web access, email access and digest delivery (as well as file storage, polls, database...). I don't know about RSS. Dave R has listed some of the advantages of this BB system in his post. It seems much more flexible, but the downside of that is that its more complex to manage perhaps?
As well as a general resistance to change, I think having the two sites going at the same time is causing confusion among the users. "What do I post where?" "Should I double post?"
The BB could be a 'proof of concept' for a replacement for the Yahoo group, in which case users need to understand there will be 2 things going on at once for a while.
Or the BB could be a different sort of repository for things gurdy and run alongside the group. Its just a matter of deciding /publicising its function so people are clear.
Running one site is an onerous task at the best of times, running two must be almost twice as difficult, but it seems both the BB & the group allow several administrators / moderators to share the maintenance & development, so why not choose some trusted others to share the load?
Pending further discussion, to give some direction and clarity of purpose I think it would be a good idea if it were decided:-
What would we like the Yahoo group to do which it doesn't or can't?
What can the BB give us that Yahoo can't?
Can the BB replace what the group does now AND improve upon it?
If not, what are the unique roles of the group & the BB going to be?
Who is going to be involved? Who can help?
Is it worth discussing at the gurdyfest?
The appearance of the BB has generated much (not strictly gurdy related) talk, so it obviously matters to people. I do have personal preferences and opinions as well, but agreeing an approach up front should satisy most dissenters of changing system.
And yes, well done to Cecilia for getting things this far!