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

Bryan Baldwin Bryan.Baldwin at doj.ca.gov
Wed Feb 20 09:14:48 EST 2013

Those of you that know me know I pride myself on using the latest technologies like LinkedIn, but I have observed that despite our LinkedIn group having nearly 600 members it has historically seen less activity than this list. It has only recently shown more signs of life with activity from people like Warren Bobrow. For whatever reason, this list seems to continue to serve a need, perhaps because of its simplicity. Given that fostering connections among testing professionals is part of IPAC's core mission I would vote to keep it, archive capability or no.

Bryan Baldwin
Personnel Officer
California Department of Justice
(916) 322-5446
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To: Richard Arwood; elcomnet at ipacweb.org; 'IPAC-List'
Subject: Re: [IPAC-List] Changes to/Future of IPAC-List

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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