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What's the best platform for setting up an email mailing list or discussion for my local neighborhood? How should it be organized and promoted? We have a mix of younger (more tech-savvy) and older residents.
posted by thirteenkiller to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
^ "email mailing list or discussion forum"
posted by thirteenkiller at 9:48 AM on November 3, 2011


My neighborhood has a Yahoo Groups list, and it works pretty well. All memberships have to be approved by the moderator. Some of the older, less tech savy individuals still have trouble from time to time.

The biggest issues usually pop up when one of these folks accidentally responds to a list post to everyone when he or she intended to respond to an individual member. That can actually be fairly entertaining for those of us on the sidelines!

I'm not a huge fan of anything which includes "Yahoo" as part of the name, but for our purposes this method serves the purpose nicely.
posted by imjustsaying at 9:53 AM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I couldn't do Yahoo because some stalwarts wouldn't sign up for a Yahoo account just to join the neighborhood group. I am still looking for a solution. Opened a Facebook page for our neighborhood. But guys, generally, aren't on FB in my neighborhood. So that doesn't work.
posted by cda at 10:18 AM on November 3, 2011


I'm looking for something similar for my school's PTO - will be interested to hear suggestions as well. I was also thinking a Yahoo group but can imagine I'll have several responses in line with cda's above...
posted by widdershins at 10:40 AM on November 3, 2011


NextDoor.com requires 10 signups to "go active". It's designed for this.
posted by IAmBroom at 10:41 AM on November 3, 2011


My neighborhood uses e-democracy. I had to unsubscribe because the majority of participants were racists and/or cranks, and not a lot of contributions from my sort of people.
posted by look busy at 11:24 AM on November 3, 2011


Seconding Yahoo Groups if all you need is the mailing list functionality. People don't need to sign up for Yahoo to use Yahoo Groups as a mailing list; then only need to sign up to use the online forum functionality. You may have to jump through some (relatively hassle-free) hoops personally to set them up to be on the list, but it should be fairly painless for the users and avoids anyone having to set up a new email address.

If you really need a static discussion forum, then Yahoo is probably not a good fit. if that's the case, Google Groups (or some other non-search-engine provider) might be a better fit.
posted by cjelli at 11:32 AM on November 3, 2011


Seconding NextDoor for this. We sort of set one up for my neighborhood but we're still working on getting traction (though if you have enough neighbors into this already, that part's easy).
posted by polexa at 6:47 PM on November 3, 2011


I'm also part of a Yahoo groups neighborhood list, and it's OK. I'd recommend exhausting all other options, but one benefit is that less tech savvy people might already have a Yahoo account lying around somewhere, which will make it an easier sell.
posted by codacorolla at 7:39 PM on November 3, 2011


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