RE: META: move from mailing lists to slashcode-based site?

From: Reason (
Date: Sat Dec 29 2001 - 20:00:11 MST

There was/is a transdot that may have died. Nanodot serves an overlapping
community. I'm sure there are others, but none of them are very populated.

I agree that slashcode sites are a good way to bring in new people, so it
would get my vote. You'd have to be posting a lot of stuff, though -- at
least a couple new things a day to keep volume up. I don't think that's a
problem if you take the inclusive route. i.e. everything on nanodot,
everything on transdot, plus life extension stories, plus medical advance
stories, plus event notices, plus...etc. Slashcode sites die if they don't
keep a fairly high throughput or don't appeal to a wide enough audience. If
you want to grab new people into the transhumanist meme, you have to hit on
those interested in nanotech, interested in life extension, etc. Overlapping

Anyhow. The best path forward if anyone was going to do this would be to bug
the owners of transdot to scavenge their setup for usefuls and relaunch with
this inclusive content, keep the posting volume up, advertise far and wide
sort of thing going on. Deals can be struck with the other more specific
slashsites that exist to crosspost material.

And keep the mailing list going; just make sure it's well integrated.
Slashsites don't fully overlap the community functionality of a mailing


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Dossy
> Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2001 5:48 PM
> To:
> Subject: META: move from mailing lists to slashcode-based site?
> I don't know if this has already been discussed, but have people
> considered moving from mailing lists to a slashcode-based discussion
> and community site format?
> Perhaps keep the mailing lists in place, but also have a slashcode-based
> community site as well?
> The reason I suggest this is because of the way discussion tends
> to evolve on the mailing list. People post interesting bits of
> "news" which generates a sizable number of responses, some interesting,
> some not. In the slash model, the news could be posted, and comments
> could be posted, then moderated up or down. This way, not everyone
> would have to tread through each and every single comment ...
> hopefully increasing the signal-to-noise ratio.
> I've set up a slashsite, and it's really not hard at all, and I'd
> volunteer to do it if nobody else wants to.
> Just a thought,
> -- Dossy
> --
> Dossy Shiobara mail:
> Panoptic Computer Network web:
> "He realized the fastest way to change is to laugh at your own
> folly -- then you can let go and quickly move on." (p. 70)

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