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

Reed, Elizabeth EReed1 at Columbus.gov
Wed Feb 20 08:48:02 EST 2013

I concur--the IPAC list-serve an amazing and unique resource. I rely on the feedback received through this avenue.

As a person who also uses Linked-In, I use the two resources differently. Because IPAC has yearly conferences we have an opportunity to know the source, to have a better understanding of the education level, experience level, and level of responsibility of the individuals who post (which is generally top-notch). While some IPAC members post on Linked-In, most active IPAC members are not on Linked-In everyday and the quality and the expediency of the responses are generally not as helpful as the IPAC list-serve. In some cases the quality may be fine on Linked-In, but because I don't know the source I may question the quality and the purpose of the response. On the IPAC list-serve there is a moderator that keeps the "I'm selling a product that I want you to buy" to a minimum. On Linked-In, that could be all you get in terms of a response. If you are searching for a vendor Linked-In could be a good avenue. If you are just looking for a quality answer, you may get a perspective that geared to selling a product, if Linked-In is your only resource. No hidden agendas with the IPAC list-serve. I see them both as valuable but different.

If we do make a change, I could see the benefit to the organization to make it a member benefit and that you must be a current paid member to be on the list-serve. This would allow IPAC to be sustainable in offering this service.

Elizabeth A. Reed
Public Safety Assessment Team Manager
Columbus Civil Service Commission

Direct: 614.645.6032

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I have found the IPAC-list to be a very valuable source - especially for us dinosaurs who don't use LinkedIn :) _________________________________________

Michael G. Aamodt, Ph.D. (Mike)
Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
Radford University
Radford, VA 24142-6946
(202) 280-2172
maamodt at radford.edu
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I will say that although I rarely "open my mouth" here, I have thoroughly enjoyed the comments and interaction that I have seen here. The IPAC listserve provides for me an opportunity to freely interact with you, the consultants, in areas that are very important to the fire service. I have found no other source group to which I could turn with my questions, in which I could quickly receive feedback and opinion. I hold a great respect for this group, and I hope to see it continue.


Richard Arwood (Fire Chief-Retired: City of Memphis, TN) --now residing in Collierville, TN ============================================

From: ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org [mailto:ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org] On Behalf Of Bill Waldron
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 5:08 AM
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Subject: [IPAC-List] Changes to/Future of IPAC-List

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 impacted.

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<mailto:elcomnet at ipacweb.org>

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