[plug] What would encourage membership of PLUG? [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Tim White weirdit at gmail.com
Fri Feb 19 11:43:28 WST 2010

I'm sure we can get a VoIP setup with a recorded message. I'll look into 
it. I think it's a good idea for having another point of presence. (And 
obviously, without the tech support messages)

In regards to the Forum, I'm investigating methods of integrating 
Mailman and Forum software, apparently Ubuntu used to run forums that 
way. If anyone knows of a way to do this, please let me know!


On 19/02/10 11:00, Scott Middleton wrote:
> Its funny as techs; anywhere we hear "phone" we automatically think 
> tech support.
> I am not talking about telephone tech support. Never tech support. 
> Only a automated information service about how to access PLUG services.
> As I said in my very first email I get several calls a month from 
> potential new members. I have been for years. It seems to me that most 
> of  those potential new members that I forward to PLUG, DO NOT TURN 
> INTO ACTUAL MEMBERS. Until this thread I thought they were!
> My suggestion for a phone service comes from people asking me (after I 
> mention PLUG) "what is their phone number". Then I have to go into 
> a spiel about how to get that Linux support via subscribing to a 
> mailing list.
> If the goal is more members then you have to go the path of least 
> resistance.
> Forum over email (at least Forum more important than mailing list)
> Maybe facebook group or other social networking.
> Informational phone service.
> Jeez we're in the second decade of the new millennium and we are still 
> using 1990's method of communication.
> On 19 February 2010 10:40, Jason Posavec <jasonposavec at iinet.net.au 
> <mailto:jasonposavec at iinet.net.au>> wrote:
>     Brad Campbell wrote:
>         Scott Middleton wrote:
>         I said maybe a phone number with a
>             recorded message.
>         "Have you tried turning it off and back on again?"
>     I really should send you a bill for cleaning the coffee off my
>     screen... :)
>     Jason
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