[nafex ibiblio list] [Bulk] Re: [NAFEX] NAFEX
sherwindu at att.net
Mon Dec 19 15:32:49 EST 2011
On 12/19/2011 12:12 PM, mIEKAL aND wrote:
> I wondering what the reason was why this list was divorced from NAFEX?
> I must have missed the discussions when this happened way back when.
> I really don't see why this listserve would be any different than
> having a Facebook page that anyone can join.
I have been signed up for the Nafex Ibibliio list for some time,
even though I was
not a member of Nafex. Although Nafex does not advertise it, they
accept all applicants. I did notice a big uproar last August when
were complaining about the Nafex forum on their web page and not being
sufficiently notified about it. My impression is that a group of
decided to set up a forum on the web page and make it only
members. I re-joined Nafex recently, mainly to see what was going
on with their
web site. I was not impressed by what I saw. Firstly, there was
posting activity, especially when compared to the Ibiblio list.
I did not like
the way it was divided into about 6 subgroups forcing me to check
individually for items of interest. Also, their search function
was very poor,
not finding things I know were in their postings and taking too
to do so. I did not like having to sign on to view forum activity.
When I contacted the Nafex membership person about the existence
forums, I was told there was only one official forum, the one on
page. Seems like this small group of Nafex people took it upon
to ignore the Ibiblio list and make the forum on their web page
only. As the forum administrator for Midfex on Ibiblio, I am
this for both Midfex and Nafex. Midfex is just now considering
such a move.
I plan to keep the Midfex forum on Ibiblio going, no matter what,
and I believe
the Nafex administrator is planning a similar thing. As Midfex
can control chit-chat and improper usage. This is usually not
done in a blog
style forum now in place on Nafex's site.
I do not consider a web page to be a good home for a forum. It
is good for
chatting, but difficult to find items of interest. I like the
simplicity of the email
system on Ibiblio where members are sent the postings as they
come out and
can easily reply to those emails. I think closing off the Nafex
to members only is counter productive. It will not generate
more revenue for
Nafex, and may in fact attract fewer new members to join.
For more opinions, check the Nafex Archives on Ibiblio for
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