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  • From: Ginda Fisher <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Question
  • Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:51:20 -0400

I also get the impression that NAFEX leadership has never had any interest in
or love for this forum. We got some pretty depreciating comments from board
members a few years back about it, although I don't recall what they disliked
about it at the time.

It's funny, because I have always felt that this mailing list was the single
greatest benefit NAFEX provided. I pay for NAFEX membership mostly because I
get so much value from the email list. (Yes, I don't have to pay. But it
feels like the right thing to do.) I did go to a NAFEX meeting once, and it
was good, but I rarely have time to do that. And Pomona has never been nearly
as valuable as this list. I guess having a lot of indexable Pomonas on-line
will increase its value, even if I am less likely to read any particular
article. But the best articles in Pomona are often email exchanges from this
list, anyway.

On Aug 14, 2011, at 4:46 PM, wrote:

> Deb's comment about the email listserv kind of slipped by without people
> noticing. This
> listserv is an interesting phenomenon. Despite the name, it actually has
> no official
> relationship to NAFEX at all. It is hosted by the University of North
> Carolina at Chapel Hill,
> one of a very large number of "public domain" distribution lists managed by
> them in the public
> interest, and is neither moderated, controlled by, nor indeed associated
> with NAFEX in any
> way, (other than that a former NAFEX member got it set up). Given this,
> obviously the
> membership in the list is equally divorced from NAFEX as an organisation -
> anybody can join,
> and in fact, at least in Canada, the majority of members are not NAFEX
> members at all.
> The recently created forum is wholly a child of NAFEX. Only paid-up NAFEX
> members will
> be able to access it. The contents will not be shared with the email
> listserv, nor vice versa,
> and, since the audience will be different, (anybody in the world for the
> listserv, paid-up
> NAFEX members for the forum), it is likely that the content will similarly
> differ.
>> I also prefer email, but options are good.
>> Coordinating the two so people who like ail could get forum posts as
>> email or vice versa is an interesting idea.
>> Road's End Farm <> wrote:
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