[AUUG-Talk]: Printed AUUGN: Value or not?
david.mcdonald at securitymail.com.au
Mon Dec 6 15:40:25 EST 2004
I must say, I really prefer reading a printed page to a page on-screen,
but I will not say that I'm about to terminate my membership.
Would it be possible to offer members a choice: Membership with virtual
AUUGN for a budget price versus Membership with hard copy AUUGN for
I can put AUUG in contact people who can produce low-volume print runs.
They would probably be very happy to mail the printed copies for you
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> I recently explained to some colleagues that AUUGN will no
> longer be printed in hard copy because, "it's a budget issue;
> AUUGN costs too much for what it represents, and there are
> better ways for members to obtain
> that value." Their responses surprised me. One said:
> "I think you're missing the difference between actual value
> and perceived value. People like to get things like
> AUUGN, even
> if they can get the equivalent online, as it represents
> something tangible for their membership. Without it,
> there's a
> risk that people would perceive their membership as not much
> more than a license to have a warm fuzzy."
> Another said:
> "Personally? I like it. I realise that the majority of
> articles are lifted (with permission) from elsewhere,
> but it was
> good for helping me to keep up-to-date with the world
> of AUUG. I
> often miss meetings due to other commitments. It also
> had a few
> cool technical articles.
> "I'm no longer an individual member of AUUG - Martin offered
> to organise my membership and I can't afford to maintain my
> membership given that AUUGN was the only benefit that
> I see. I'm
> not often able to attend the AUUG conferences ... and rarely
> make it to meetings (which I gather are just social gatherings
> these days). This may be a similar situation to the AUUGN
> advocates I mentioned in my last mail."
> I have argued for AUUGN to go 'soft' for a couple of years,
> as regular readers of this list will recall, so of course I
> agree with the decision; yet these comments worry me. I
> would hate us to lose members and our identity over what is,
> after all, a rather small amount in AUUG budget.
> I have a question: Would any of you, or do you know of
> anybody, who would fail to renew membership because AUUGN was
> no longer printed?
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