We now have a GAPAC discussion group email list at Yahoo
How an Email List Works
This could be a good thing if we will use it. This is a tool
that uses email for fast sending of email to all subscribers. It is
controlled, but very usable. Read on.
You don't have to establish a Yahoo User ID to subscribe. This is an email discussion group
list. There are policies and guidelines.
Anyone who subscribes will receive any email sent to the group; only a subscriber can send a message, so this will reduce spam. It is a list with restricted membership, meaning that anyone who subscribes must first be approved by the
listowner, Carl Hobbs. It allows unmoderated discussion comments and any member may post. Archives at the internet website,
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GAPAC/ are for members only. We do have to put up with a small ad at the end of each message, but that is no bother, considering this is a free service to us.
To subscribe, send email to GAPACfirstname.lastname@example.org and put the word "Subscribe" in the subject line.
If you are not a GAPAC member nor associate
member, email Carl to tell him
who you are by email or copying the subscription request email to him and
telling him who you are. We just want to have some idea
of who is joining our list. Once subscribed, you may unsubscribe at any time the same way by sending an email to the address at the bottom.
See list policies and Guidelines section below.
There is a Home Page at Yahoo for the list.
This is available at the following website address, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GAPAC/,
and contains a summary of all postings to the list. Any member may
view previous postings there.
Support is readily available this way.
One of the main items benefiting GAPAC members will be in technical support for
our FieldRecon™ computer program. David Krueger has subscribed, and he will be
monitoring the messages, ready to post an answer to support questions. He still
allows phone calls, yes, but some problems or questions that you could have may
not be urgent, plus others may benefit by solving the same problem. If someone
learns a trick or shortcut, he can share it with the other subscribers.
Field setup and field data entry should not be that hard at all, but we may need
some help in organizing farmer reports, writing report filters, configuring the
IPAQ version, and in merging data. David could use the internet to announce
distribution of any fixes or updates to the program, and use the list to inform
us of how to download and install them.
This list does not have to be restricted to FieldRecon™.
It will be good for announcing meetings, discussing insect trends, crop
conditions or any other discussion we want concerning items pertaining to our
David said that he may one day set up another list for FieldRecon™,
but that this one will do for now.
The GAPAC Email Discussion Group has one
purpose, simply to provide an electronic forum for the
discussion of topics relevant to Georgia agriculture or the
agricultural consulting business.
The GAPAC Email Discussion Group is not
limited to use by GAPAC members only. Other industry
members are invited to join, monitor, and contribute.
The GAPAC Email Discussion Group will allow
limited commercial posts (product, service, or program
announcements) as long as they meet a few criteria: a) The focus of
the group remains on discussion of substantive issues. b) Commercial
announcements are directly related to some aspect of the Georgia
agriculture or the agricultural consulting business. c) Commercial
announcements should not be repeated.
Mailing lists are an excellent forum for
debate on controversial topics. Debate is encouraged on the
GAPAC Email Discussion Group. "Flaming," however, or
personal attacks toward individuals, companies, or products are not
The GAPAC Email Discussion Group is only
intended for the discussion of issues related to Georgia agriculture
or the agricultural consulting business. Off-topic posts and
personal mail are not appropriate for the list. That said, a certain
amount of discussion among list members is entirely appropriate as
long as it doesn't de-rail more substantive discussion.
GAPAC Email Discussion Group is a closed list.
While anyone may request to subscribe at any time, subscriptions
must be approved. Messages from non-subscribers will be rejected.
This should help to cut down on spamming and junk email.
Attached files should not be sent to the list.
The preferred method of distribution is to make them available on a
website and post the URL link.
Questions about list policy and complaints
about subscriber behavior or inappropriate posts should be directed
to Carl Hobbs
GAPAC officer. They should not be posted to the list.
On matters of list policy, the decisions of
the GAPAC Executive Committee will be final.
The list moderator is Carl Hobbs
(Does somebody else want it?).
Subscriptions, option changes, and signoffs
should be handled through the list server and not through
the list itself. The email addresses for option changes are