[AUUG-Talk]: Printed AUUGN: Value or not?
michael at paddon.org
Tue Dec 7 10:51:32 EST 2004
David Newall writes:
> 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?
I think that it would be a rare case to not renew due to AUUGN going soft copy
(although there may be a "straw that breaks the camel's back" effect).
However, the real issue is the total perceived benefit versus the cost and
effort required to maintain membership. Not receiving a hard copy journal
will almost certainly devalue the perceived benefit unless something
replaces it. And a soft copy of the same old AUUGN doesn't cut the mustard.
In fact, I am a proponent of ditching the old AUUGN. We should have done it
years ago. Clever use of the net can help us rekindle our community. Why
have articles published once a month...? Why not every week? Every day? Make it easy
for members to publish short and long items. Make it easy for members to
read and comment and interact. Readers of /. know the sort of thing, but
I'm *not* suggesting a clone... rather something tuned to AUUG's zeitgeist.
More brainstorming: wouldn't it be cool if there were a place to post
geek questions, and where it was easy for any member to answer. And other
memebers to criticise the answer :-) Email lists used to be the answwer.
They aren't any more. Something wiki like is less ephemeral and uses the
Losing hard copy AUUGN is a great opportunity and a fraught risk. It
encourages us to make the leap... to retune how we interact as an
association and potentially build great information assets that will
attract new members. It also forces us to face the cold fact: it's time to
change or to die.
So kudos to the AUUG Board for having the cajones to make the change.
Please follow through.
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