Thank you, Valerie, for your wishes and all your nice words.
Yes, I know the List Archive could be accessed via the web. But there are
many free web forum services, we could just choose one and create a new
forum divided into thematic sections, with the sections divided into
individual topics... Each of the section could have also different
moderators... You can have a FAQ section there and also national sections...
I think it would be a more friendly interface and environment for us the
users and the new users. When you are logged in you can see where (in which
sections) there are new postings, who is online, which topic is the most
popular, which issues are the most interesting to the users etc.. And the
users can more easily find the issue they are interested in.
Of course, I don't deny that this List works well, too, and that Valerie and
others do a great work here to help the others scattered throughout the
world. But I just think that a regular web forum would be just a bit better.
For some time we could have two SW forums: the List and a web forum to see
which is better. Some of you would need some time to get used to the new
forum, mind that.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Valerie Sutton" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:44 AM
Subject: Re: AW: how would you like to improve the SignWriting List?
> SignWriting List
> January 1, 2011
> Hello Stefan and Lucy!
> Thank you for your kind remarks. I do appreciate your good suggestions.
> I also want to thank other members who have written to me privately
> today - Your friendship and support gives the feeling of family. We all
> need that...
> I enjoy sharing with all of you and am open to suggestions, so continue to
> feel free to post suggestions and to start new topics of discussion
> related to writing sign languages.
> There are around 180 members of the SignWriting List, but only around 20
> members post regularly...maybe even fewer...so those who are reading in
> the background...I want you to know that we welcome comments from you
> too...smile...or just keep reading...that is fine too...we are glad to
> have you all on board.
> So Stefan - yes I know you want more messages written in SignMail, and I
> do agree. Steve has been working on a new version of our software that
> will fix the link-problem with the current SignMail, but it will be
> another month perhaps, before SignPuddle 1.6 will be ready (we are using
> 1.5 right now), so until 1.6, we will have to continue to ignore that
> link - if you can ignore that problem then I am happy to post more
> SignMails - it just means that you cannot respond to the message but start
> a fresh new SignMail message each time -
> The only other thing about SignMail that concerns me is that most of the
> time we are doing the mail in ASL, and some people on the List know other
> sign languages, like LIBRAS from Brazil, or German Sign Language or
> British Sign Language for example...so it would be good to balance out the
> SignMails so they come in different sign languages from time to time - so
> maybe I can work with Suzanne from the UK to help us create some SignMails
> in BSL? and perhaps someone who knows LIBRAS, like Charles or Eda or
> others on this List who are from Brazil, can help us create some SignMails
> in LIBRAS? And Lucy in Poland, I will teach you how to create a SignMail
> too...I haven't forgotten your request to learn how to create a
> SignMail...I will also create the Polish User Interface for you for the
> Polish SignPuddle ...thank you for the Polish translation...
> So SignMail and video transcriptions and more SignSpelling discussions are
> all good - I want more of those too ;-)
> I hope that more people ask questions on the List as to how to write a
> sign here and there to get those discussions going - and more teachers
> jump in to help if you can - and I hope that more people will post
> information about their current SignWriting projects...
> Lucy - your idea of a web-based SignWriting List has not gone unnoticed -
> at the moment we are setup at Valencia Community College, on their server,
> connected with other Lists related to sign languages, such as the Sign
> Language Linguists List (SLLING) and the TeachASL List and the
> Interpreters List (TERPS) so it is nice for us to be in that group of
> Lists with others interested in similar professions - and in some ways it
> is web based in that you can access the messages through the Archives on
> the web and respond right there on the web..did you know that you could do
> that? Would other members of the list be interested to learn how to do
> And Lucy - Happy Birthday! I know January 2nd is your birthday, and we are
> so happy to know you and to work with you - Your work with SignWriting in
> Poland is a pioneering effort...Thank you for all you are doing...and
> enjoy your birthday tomorrow.... ;-)
> Val ;-)
> On Jan 1, 2011, at 3:26 PM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:
>> Hi Valerie -
>> your Website is fantastic and the way you moderate this sw-list could not
>> better. Again and again you show so much respect for newcomers. And even
>> somebody shows up with some kind of "rude" or "unfriendly" critics you
>> a way to handle this in an amazing way.
>> I just would love to see more signmails - which would become easier once
>> Steve has fixed this SignPuddle mail option problem "Load to SignBank"
>> is not working right now. I am looking forward to the day that the
>> - reload option will function again.
>> I would love to see more spelling discussions. Studying your unique style
>> writing signs is a never ending enrichment.
>> There are so many online SL video clips that we will find plenty of
>> Remember these days when we started to discusse video transcriptions with
>> Marc Penner and other sw-list members?
>> I do not think that a different platform like a web-forum would be an
>> advantage. ... May be that I do not understand - ...
>> Stefan ;-)
>> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
>> Von: SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Im Auftrag von Lucy
>> Gesendet: Sonntag, 2. Januar 2011 00:00
>> An: [log in to unmask]
>> Betreff: Re: how would you like to improve the SignWriting List?
>> I know I repeat this like a parrot: Make it just modern - move to a web
>> forum :-)
>> Happy New Year!
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Valerie Sutton" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2011 9:38 PM
>> Subject: how would you like to improve the SignWriting List?
>>> SignWriting List
>>> January 1, 2011
>>> Dear SW List Members -
>>> How would you like to improve the SignWriting List?
>>> Please post your suggestions...
>>> What are you interested in, related to writing sign languages?
>>> Name some topics -
>>> We can make the list interesting and relevant...but we need your
>>> Val ;-)
>>> Valerie Sutton
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