- Island Dance e-mail list
- On Topic
How - To
- Listserver Info Page - sign up there
- Experienced Listserver User page
Island Dance list
What? and a wee bit of Why & How
This web site presents information -- for Country/Country & Folk dance -- for Vancouver Island & neighbouring islands
The associated Island Dance e-mail listserver (aka iDance) is a shared effort. A community mailing list to support active communication to, for and especially amongst dancers, musicians, callers, & organisers. Discussion as well as announcements
Why a mailing list? What is it for?
For dancers & musicians to get the word about events, help out with dances, discuss; For organisers to . . . organise!; For callers, musicians, to book gigs, etc. In other words, connections, communication, introductions, passing of information related to country and/or folk dance. All about folk & country dancing!
E-mail, not dead yet
If you use "social media" (e.g. FaceBook), fine. Not everyone does, or can. While functional, they are not ubiquitous, nor universal. E-mail is. Remember the people you'd like to have fun with? Whether dancing with them at your Country (social) dance or enjoying the performance of your Folk dance, they likely still have access to e-mail, effectively the first (electronic) "social media"
As much as anything, this is about use of a communication tool to assist with forming connections amongst enthusiasts of different and related dance forms, their music, and related interests. Sometimes the communication will continue on-list, at least until it's useful to take it off-list
Please feel free to post. The list owner (JDE, yes 'JD') wishes you to post about dance & dance music. It may be an announcement, a trip report, ride request, offerings, questions about how to get to a dance camp, a new dance you've found, a new web page you've found, etc. Anyone with related information or knowledge about the topic/thread may reply, the beauty of using a list
This means that much country & folk dance related activity on the Islands is On Topic
Jokes (other than about dance) are Off Topic. As are chain letters, motivational posts, virus warnings from your best friend, political, religious, economic, ecology/natural environment posts (unless there's a dance!) are all OT. Putting OT in the subject line won't excuse this, just don't send it
Dance stuff? You bet, why we're all here
What is a listserver?
It uses e-mail to get the word around. To allow people to announce, discuss, otherwise communicate and so on
Isn't this old fashioned?
No. E-mail was indeed one of the first interpersonal uses of the Internet (and it's precursors). It is still the most universal means of electronic, textual communication. It is ubiquitous and uses technical standards that are larger than any single "social media" service. It functions outside of any "walled garden" ecosystem. It is a form of one-to-one or one-to-many social media
And it works, how?
At it's simplest, imagine a fax machine that has a memory dialer. One may place a page to be faxed on it, select a Group of memories for it to dial and deliver the fax. It will then call each number and deliver the fax. With an e-mail listserver one does much the same thing, send an e-mail to the List or Posting (input) address, it spits the message out to all the subscribed folks. That input address may only be used by those subscribed. To dancers of English Country in Victoria, it's a "Suzanne"
How do I sign up?
One may visit the Detailed Help or Experienced list user page on this site for more guidance and information (at least one visit is recommended) or one may directly visit the list info page to sign-up
If in doubt
simply write to the Webmaster
and ask them
to add you. If you've put your name on a paper list at a dance you'll
either be added or receive an invitation message shortly
The computer services supporting the operation of this list are provided to the community by the Victoria Telecommunities Network (aka Victoria Freenet Association). Please consider supporting them with a membership/e-mail account (only $25/yr, which is less expensive than Google) or the business of hosting your web site http://victoria.tc.ca/ (a site, all up, 12 mo. & registered domain name ~ $112. They also offer a wireless broadband service)