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    Re: NavL archive
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 Apr 2, 01:14 EST

    Robert Gainer asked:
    "If the opportunity  arrives to host the list elsewhere what features do you
    think we should  have?"
    Some items for a wishlist:
    1) A message forum based version of  the list in addition to the e-mail-based
    version. So, for example, if you're  away from your primary e-mail machine,
    you could post a reply from any device  with internet access (and a simple web
    browser). I am looking forward to the day  when I can type out a two page
    message to Navigation-L from my cell phone  . Seriously, there have been
    numerous times when I've gone to the  archive, looked at a message and thought to
    myself, I wish I could type out a  reply right here. One would need to arrange a
    time limit (no replies after  thirty days without starting a new thread, for
    2) A simple method  for handling attachments that automatically places a link
    in transmitted  messages to image/binary/data files which are automatically
    stored centrally.  This would be the best of both worlds, imo. Attachments
    could be sent as  desired, with netiquette as a controlling influence, but those
    who don't want to  see them would simply skip over the link in the e-mail
    3) Complete  archives, searchable, like the present archives at i-DEADLINK-com.
    Preferably these  would be mirrored.
    4) A copyright policy. On academic lists (e.g. H-Maritime  ...look it up if
    it sounds intriguing), there is a simple policy guaranteeing  copyright to the
    authors of posts with the understanding that quoting under  appropriate
    circumstances is always allowed.
    5) HTML on/off settings,  selectable by the subscriber. These days, it's
    almost harder to turn OFF html in  e-mail than to turn it on. The listserv itself
    ought to be able to re-format  messages for those recipients who do not want
    to see any HT-marked up messages.  This is similar to what happens in the
    archive at i-DEADLINK-com right now. Messages  are formatted as plain text.
    6) A million gold coins. Hmm... perhaps I should  have asked the genie for
    the gold coins earlier on my wishlist.  The  trouble with most of the items
    on my list is that they are rather involved  programming projects. They're in
    the "wouldn't it be nice" category. So I'll  close out my wish list by saying
    that the MAIN item on my wish list is a  reliable list archive. Everything else
    can wait  indefinitely.
    "What are the members of the list willing to pay  (if anything) to set it up?"
    I think a subscription fee would rapidly  kill off this list. But certain
    individuals among us, myself included, would  probably be willing to help out. I
    think it is VERY likely though that the total  cost could be kept very close
    to zero.
    " Is any one willing to  contribute time to help transfer the archive or
    whatever else is  required."
    " Does a copy of the archive exist in a  form that we can use to set up a
    "Dan  has a web page now, in the best of all possible worlds should that be
    the  opening page for the archive? We can have links to other pages of interest
    to  us, who wants to maintain that?"
    I think that it would be best to try to  find some organization, like a
    museum (no, not Mystic) or university that would  host the main page. Dan H. would
    still "own it".
    42.0N 87.7W, or  41.4N 72.1W.

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