hi <br><br><div class="gmail_quote">On Jan 16, 2008 2:37 PM, Rick Moen <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
<div class="Ih2E3d">Quoting Christian Einfeldt (<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>):<br><br>> I would suggest that we ask them to sign up for the list then and<br>> there, and that we practice emailing with them during the session so
<br>> that they know that they can get support and so that they practice<br>> getting support. If they don't develop the habits of coming to the<br>> list for help, they won't seek help, but will just flounder.
<br><br></div>Suggestion: Collect their e-mail addresses on a sign-up sheet, with an<br>explanation that we're collecting these to send a single-mailing invitation<br>to SF-LUG's e-mail discussion forum.<br></blockquote>
<div><br>Thanks for this suggestion, Rick, but IMHO, it would require more steps to do it this way. The advantage of your method is that it is less intrusive, and gives them time to think about it an not feel rushed. The disadvantage of this method, though, is that it requires them to take additional steps. I am reminded of something that Eric Raymond said last night. In response to Daniel Gimpelevich's question / comment, Eric said that it is good to ask newbies to do as little as possible. Make steps easy for them. IMHO, it would be good to use the first session as a training session, and get them familiar with using the emailing lists right away.
<br><br>Just my two cents. <br><br>Thanks for your idea, Rick.</div></div><br>