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    Re: An experimental Navigation list
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2006 Apr 12, 21:18 -0600

    On 12 Apr 2006, at 6:11 PM, Frank Reed wrote:
    > This is the ONLY function a discussion  mailing list is supposed to
    > do with some degree of accuracy: distribute  messages. If it
    > doesn't do that, then isn't it time
    > to find another server?
    I think Frank is making a good case for us moving to the new Google
    discussion group called NavList that Frank has created.  Frank has
    done a good job of handling people's objections.
    Here is how things stand.  The biggest questions and objections are:
    Q: Why move if NAV-L works?
    A: Well, the NAV-L archives are gone, and 98% reliability is not
    sufficient, so we need to make a change.
    Q: What about advertising in a Google-based list?
    A: It does not appear in emails, so if we continue to use the list
    via email (as most do), there will be no ads.
    Q: What if we do not want to have a Google account?
    A: You do not need a Google account if you want to stay email-based.
    Q: Who will make a new solution?
    A: Frank Reed already has created a new, working solution that
    appears better than NAV-L in most (all?) respects, other than it will
    require us to use a different email address.  Changing email
    addresses are a fact of life.  Who doesn't get at least one change a
    month from a friend or family member?
    PROPOSAL: let's all move to the Google group called NavList, starting
    May 1st.  That gives everyone a half a month -- the rest of April --
    to get signed up and used to it.  We can enjoy a few more meta-
    discussions for April and then BAM!  May 1st, 2006 comes and we're
    back to full-time celestial navigation topics.
    COUNTER-PROPOSALS that address these problems are welcomed, but so
    far I have not heard of any solutions that are as good as Frank's,
    and his is up and running.
    Questions?  Comments?  Witty-remarks?  They are all welcomed.

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