Many ways to carry on a on-line discussion
There are many ways to carry on discussions and debates on the internet: among
the most widespread tools for such an activity A/I Collective provides
Mailing lists and Forums.
Recently since a lot of mailing lists where being used as newsletters we decided to provide a specific tool to manage such communication activity.
Mailing lists and Newsletters
A mailing list is basically a list of email addresses to which one wants to deliver messages: a mail is sent to a specific address on our servers and a software delivers it to all the accounts included in the list.
A mailing list can be open to anyone to write (open lists) or limited to subscribed mail addresses, or even to some specific ones (closed lists). Furthermore archives of the list messages can be available on the web for anyone to read (public lists) or limited to those wielding a subscription password (private lists). In any case the messages will be delivered to all those subscribed (ie: included) in the list directly in their mailboxes.
Important warning on privacy: mind that if a list is public, the messages sent through it will end up sooner or later on Google and other search engines, so think carefully where are you sending your emails.
Mailing list are very useful communication and coordination tools especially for projects involving people very far away one from the others. There are no fixed guidelines on how to write on a list but be sure to check out local customs and etiquette.
If you simply want to subscribe to a list click on it on our mailing list page and fill in the
form. Depending on how the list is configured you will be asked to confirm your
subscription or to wait for the administrator opinion on it.
If you want to open a new public or private list please proceed to our request page. Mind that if you want a tool to send periodic news around about your or your organization activities you'll want to ask for a newsletter and not simply for a mailing list. Be sure to check the right option in our form!
Forums are a peculiar tool for telematic communication where users can post messages that will be published in a common space with all the messages of other users. Each post can then be followed by many replies following the topic of the original message, thus developing a thread (also called '3D'). Read more on wikipedia.
If you want to activate a forum, you can use our centralized
In this case you only need to ask for it and then take care of the moderation.
If you want to have a forum on your own, you can request a website and install the forum software you prefer (we suggest PunBB). For security reason we would rather not see you adopting this second option and opt for the centralized forum instead.