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    This is not "the list"
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2013 Apr 5, 12:41 -0700

    Many moons ago, in the 1990s, the NavList community had its origins as an "Internet mailing list". It is no longer that. It is not "a list". It is not "the list". We retain the name "NavList" derived from our history much as "craigslist" retains the word as part of its name. NavList is a community with "message boards", and that's what it has been for nearly seven years. Some members receive copies of NavList messages by email, and for them the functionality is still equivalent to an old-fashioned mailing list. I bring this up primarily because the expression "Internet mailing list" is now rather archaic. It's not a common form of Internet interaction anymore. If you invite people to "NavList" and tell them it's a "mailing list", they will be as likely to think it's some sort of spam community or classified advertising system as anything else.

    NavList is a community. We have discussions in an "online forum" or "online message boards" (even those terms are becoming old-fashioned but not as bad as "list"). I encourage you NOT to refer to it as "the list". I have tried to lead by example on this, and I think it's helped, slowly but surely. But in the past month, people have started using the older language again. Hence this message. Again, "I encourage you" on this point. It's not a law. But it will be helpful for the "NavList community" as we move ahead if we have a consistent terminology.

    -FER
    PS: In response to a question from some months ago, no, it's not "blogging" either. That's a different online activity. :)


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