ROS mailing lists face closurePublished: 4th Nov 2006, 22:20:48 | Permalink | Printable
ROL Select list abandons sinking SmartGroups shipA swathe of RISC OS mailing lists could be culled after struggling SmartGroups announced it was throwing in the towel. Managers of the RISC OS mailing lists using Smartgroups, which includes the RISC OS Select and Oregano lists, scrambled this week to find alternative mailing list providers. The plug is set to be yanked at the end of the November after the mailing list hosting website was plagued with faults, huge email backlogs, and unscheduled downtime.
The SmartGroups website reads: "Unfortunately the SmartGroups service will be closing on November 30, 2006. We're sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause you. Thank you for your support over the last few years, and good luck with your new group."
Mailing list archives and resources uploaded to list websites are set to disappear into a digital oblivion unless list managers rescue the data from SmartGroups's servers in time. Although the official Iyonix mailing list recently moved to Freelists from SmartGroups, its archives and resources remain on the Wanadoo-run operation's website.
Chris Terran, who uses SmartGroups for the RISC OS astronomy list, said: "Smartgroups will be closing down - hardly surprising given their lamentable performance over the last year or so, I suppose. There are still some RISC OS groups hosted there, including my own ROAST list, which will need to be moved to Freelists or somewhere. And all the old group archives and files will vanish, such as from the old Iyonix list."
On Tuesday, RISCOS Ltd migrated its Select discussion list from SmartGroups to Google Groups. The Oregano list may also be moving to Freelists.
Instructions on how to migrate from Smartgroups
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