I didn't mean to discourage you, just to point out that it should be 
done with thought to the future.   Kids, teenagers, young adults 
chatting away on web 2.0 rarely think about saving posts - most probably 
would be shocked by the idea.  They want to be funny, silly even stupid 
and have it "here today, gone tomorrow."   Signwriting should progress 
to that in it's use, but not in it's development.

Personally, if what you want to do is actually use Signwriting in web 
2.0, I think that's a great idea.  But if it's to be for development, 
then it needs to tie in somehow with the listserv to send and receive 
posts to and from the listserv - and to be archived.

One last example:  look at what's happened to MySpace.  Years ago it was 
popular but now I'm seeing most young people saying they don't use it 
anymore, they use FaceBook.   So if you had set up a group on MySpace 
years ago, the members there would be saying, "We don't want to use it 
anymore, we prefer FaceBook."  Then what happens when FaceBook becomes 
unpopular?   Jumping from popular web forum to popular web forum would 
eventually destroy any archives.

And even web 1.0 has problems maintaining archives - especially when 
they get younger people managing them who think they should run like web 
2.0 and, oops, years of archives are lost.  Ultimately, the only way to 
securely keep archives is a set of private archival servers that's well 
maintained through the years and ported over to new media from time to 
time.  What is that ... Web 0.0 or Web 3.0?  ;-)


On 1/3/2011 3:57 AM, Lucy wrote:
> Your argument is that a new web forum would be too complicated etc. - 
> I understand this very well as I can imagine that people (especially 
> young people, web 2.0 generation) new to SW may think that a mailing 
> list must be a complicated and outdated thing.
> So, I see that none of you are interested in a web forum and I don't 
> feel encouraged enough to set up one :-/.
> Lucy