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From: David Abrahams (abrahams_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-03-23 20:58:58

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael D. Crawford" <crawford_at_[hidden]>

> Is the boost list message archive publicly visible on Yahoo somehow?
> I've never looked at the archive as I read the list in my regular email.
> I wanted to ask someone to read the message I recently posted about bitmap
> iterators and I thought that rather than forwarding him the message I
> give him the URL to where it's posted on Yahoo so he could lurk in any
> followup discussion.
> But when I went to look at our homepage on yahoo, I saw that one needs to
> a yahoo id to look inside the list. I don't _want_ to have a yahoo ID. I
> find yahoo really annoying and don't use any of its services that require
> signing up for a Yahoo account.

We could change the Messages setting to Public (anyone, including
non-members, can view messages). I don't see any reason why we shouldn't.
I'd like to give Beman and Jens a chance to object before I do this, though.
For that matter, I'd like to hear from the membership if there are any
objections (no need to vote in favor, yet!)

> I stay on boost because I think boost is a really valuable list, but for
> example it bugs the heck out of me that Yahoo took over and
now I
> have to go get a Yahoo ID to manage a webring membership I'm in.
> I can solve my particular problem by forwarding my mail directly, but I
> it would be useful if there were a public archive somewhere that one
> have to have a password to so we could forward URLs to interested parties
> link to individual messages from personal web pages.

Many of us have grown to dislike yahoo. We've looked at alternatives, like
that of moving the list to sourceforge. Unfortunately, the list
administration/moderation tools provided there are a bit too limited. For
example, something as simple as the "to unsubscribe" message we add at the
bottom of all boost posts is impossible.


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