inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #101 of 166: Reva Basch (reva) Fri 23 Oct 98 13:15
    
Asking about mailing lists is kind of like asking about magazines. To get
the most value from them, you really have to subscribe, and stick with them.
The fact that you do subscribe, in itself, cuts down on a lot of the spam
and other garbage that, as Sharon pointed out, you do see in many
newsgroups. People tend to be interested in whatever the ostensible focus of
the mailing list might be; you often get the same community-like feeling,
over time, that you do in a place like The WELL.

Mailing lists promote information-sharing and support, for sure. I belong to
several professionally-related ones, but the one I enjoy most is a local one
composed of people who live along the same stretch of coastline that I do.
It cuts across age, income and political barriers, and highlights the
concerns that we all have in common -- like getting a good deal on firewood.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #102 of 166: Reva Basch (reva) Fri 23 Oct 98 13:16
    
Oh yeah, I forgot the basic pointer: www.liszt.com, to scope out existing
mailing lists in your areas of interest.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #103 of 166: Cynthia Heimel (plum) Fri 23 Oct 98 16:41
    

Oh, yay!  I really need this to look for a progressive retinal atrophy
mailing list.  I was on a list for a while, it was dog related, oddly
enough, and someone told a really racist joke.  Someone else complained, and
so did I, and we were told that this was "all in the family" and obviously
it was meant in jest and dare we?

This spawned a new and breakaway mailing list that is a delight.  So yes,
communities.

Are there any other communities like the well?  Vaguely like the well?
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #104 of 166: Sharon Lynne Fisher (slf) Sat 24 Oct 98 07:13
    
Reva, have you read this week's issue of Industry Standard, where they talk
about new paradigms of search engines?  What did you think about it?
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #105 of 166: Gary Gach (ggg) Sun 25 Oct 98 09:43
    
thanks, again, Reva.  Rings the bell:  bull's eye!
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #106 of 166: Reva Basch (reva) Sun 25 Oct 98 11:07
    
You know about Echo, plum, right? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of
viable online communities -- in newsgroup land, in mailing lists, in Web-
based places. "Like the WELL" is another question. I don't there's anything
like the WELL, and yeah, I know I'm prejudiced.

Sharon, no. I had a trial sub to Industry Standard when it first came out,
but let it lapse. I do get Media Grok in email. I'll check and see if that
story is up at their site.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #107 of 166: Gail Williams (gail) Thu 5 Nov 98 09:45
    

We had a riveting get together at the Exploratorium last night, with a 
full house, about half of whom I guessed were WELLfolks or their companions.
A wonderful crowd indeed.

Reva did a presentation with URLs and strategies, and the wonderful
Exploratorium learning center crew put her links and her talk itself, via
RealAudio, up on their site.  

Check it out at:  http://www.exploratorium.edu/ls/basch/

Thanks, everybody, 'specially Reva & Jer.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #108 of 166: Reva Basch (reva) Thu 5 Nov 98 15:36
    
Thank YOU and Janis for making it happen!
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #109 of 166: Smouldering Lust And Motorcycle Mechanics (jmara) Thu 5 Nov 98 17:54
    


Who was that masked researcher?  I wanted to thank her...
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #110 of 166: Cynthia Heimel (plum) Thu 19 Nov 98 17:39
    

She might not be actively being interviewed.  But I bet she'll still stop
around.  OOOH, which reminds me, I found a fabulous URL from the New York
times with all kind of search engines and such listed.  So useful.

Lemme go find it....damn, it's on my laptop, which is being fixed.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #111 of 166: this bag is not a toy (vard) Fri 20 Nov 98 13:56
    

Dammit, I had that too, and I can't find it now.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #112 of 166: this bag is not a toy (vard) Fri 20 Nov 98 21:20
    


Here it is:


http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/reference/cynavi.html
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #113 of 166: Reva Basch (reva) Fri 20 Nov 98 21:21
    
That's my current home page, doy!
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #114 of 166: Erik Van Thienen (levant) Fri 20 Nov 98 22:08
    

I allways forget my password. Damn, damn, double damn.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #115 of 166: Steve Kaye (skaye) Sat 21 Nov 98 00:53
    
Thanks, vard.  What a great resource!  And it's maintained by
the NYT's Rich Meislin, a WELL member.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #116 of 166: Reva Basch (reva) Sat 21 Nov 98 12:55
    
I hadn't realized that. I'm not kidding about it being my default home page.
It reminds me of sites and sources I tend to forget about...
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #117 of 166: Cynthia Heimel (plum) Sat 21 Nov 98 14:20
    

it is Really Good.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #118 of 166: Harry Claude (silly) Tue 1 Dec 98 13:33
    <scribbled by silly Mon 14 Dec 98 11:43>
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #119 of 166: Jennifer Powell (jnfr) Wed 9 Dec 98 19:46
    

I just got my copy of "researching Online for Dummies" and I'm looking 
forward to it a great deal. I look things up on the Web a lot and I'm 
getting pretty frustrated with the haphazard results I get on most search 
engines. I'm definitely ready for some better tools and strategies.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #120 of 166: Harry Claude Cat (silly) Mon 14 Dec 98 11:44
    
Is this a good review or what?

 Amazon.com Delivers Internet editor Elizabeth Lewis selects
 her top 10 titles for 1998!

 1. "Researching Online for Dummies" by Reva Basch

 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764503820/ref=ad_in1

 When it comes to books on searching the Net, this one is the
 gold standard.  Beyond presenting information on search
 engines and their use, Basch shows you how to think like a
 professional Net cybrarian.  She demonstrates the fine points
 of what to do when faced with thousands of hits--or none at
 all.  Then she shows you how to develop a good researcher's
 skeptical eye and evaluate information relevance and accuracy.
 Basch shows you the way to particularly hard-to-find information
 through specialty search engines, subject-based catalogs,
 reference sites, online libraries, and for-pay information
 services.  She even shows you when to just go offline and which
 print sources are most likely to be helpful.  The accompanying
 CD-ROM has three bonus chapters plus one of the best
 discussions of Boolean searches that you're likely to find.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #121 of 166: Rafe Colburn (rafeco) Mon 14 Dec 98 14:11
    
 Elizabeth is a member of the WELL, her login is <lizabeth>.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #122 of 166: Reva Basch (reva) Thu 17 Dec 98 14:22
    
I exerted no undue influence to get that review! But I'm thrilled with it.
AND I'm thrilled with it.
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #123 of 166: Cynthia Heimel (plum) Thu 17 Dec 98 15:34
    

Hey Reeve, what if I want to buy software?
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #124 of 166: Reva Basch (reva) Sun 20 Dec 98 18:21
    
And, um...?
  
inkwell.vue.4 : Reva Basch, Goddess of Cyberspace
permalink #125 of 166: Cynthia Heimel (plum) Sun 20 Dec 98 18:38
    

online I mean.  Sorry my honeylamb.
  

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