[IPAC-List] Changes to/Future of IPAC-List

Bill Waldron elcomnet at ipacweb.org
Wed Feb 20 06:07:38 EST 2013

As Deb Whetzel noted in the January ACN, we're in the process of creating
an improved IPAC website (pardon our dust!). As part of some
platform/hosting changes associated with that effort, IPAC-List has been

At first, I thought that we'd have to discontinue the list; however, it
looks like it will be able to survive with a few changes.

One change is to our list archive. We no longer can run all of the back-end
software that created our own message archive and provided a search engine
specifically for it. I'm not sure whether I'll be able to change that or
not. I'm now using the archiving system built into the listserv software
itself, which works fine -- just no built-in search.

On a more positive note, I've been able to increase the message size limit
for the list, and (reasonably sized) attachments to messages can now be
sent to the list.

Regarding the future of IPAC-List, I (and the IPAC Board) am interested in
your thoughts. We have seen membership and activity on the list decrease
over the years. Is it indeed worth keeping if possible, or is it redundant
with our LinkedIn group? What value does it provide to you?

Comments are welcomed...

Bill Waldron
IPAC web janitor
elcomnet at ipacweb.org
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