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From:taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...>
Date:Friday, August 27, 1999, 14:08
What do we want from an email-archive? Here are my thoughts, in no parti-
cular order:

- good searching, covering -all- postings not just the most recent.
  - boolean operators or equivalent, and phrase-search
- sort on thread, date, author, msg. id and subject, and search on same
- everything should still be accesible as original plain-text, in case some-
  thing happens and we need a makeshift archive or rebuild it from scratch
- possibilities for annotation? that is, comments to a post that doesn't go
  through the listserv, for rectifying errors or new urls or whatever.
- poster's email-addresses should be hidden to the world, but visible to the
  users... "user accounts"? basically, privacy is important
- web-interface for resending of lost mail, or nomail-periods
- option for viewing mails in plain-text format, for ascii-graphics etc., or
  simply all viewing in with a fixed-width font?
- we should spend some time on the interface, as the finding/reading of mail
  is the most important, not other possible gadgets

and of course we need supporting text on how to (un)subscribe, how to quote,
mini-glossary... some of this should be changeable by us all, like adding a
term to the glossary etc. The cheat-sheet belong here too.