[Wolves] Doodle?

Richard Sheppard richard at siliconmeadow.net
Tue Mar 3 16:30:47 UTC 2020

I anticipated some reticence. I mentioned it because this is the first
time I've used a mailing list in a few years (and there's nothing
wrong with it) - but I started to think about all the extra stuff that
gets sent in a formatted email these days. I'm one of those heathens
that uses gmail and noticed that it must be sending all kinds of
garbage characters that your email readers will hate. So then I
started to poke around gmail's interface to find where I could send
plain text (found it). Then started looking at how prior to previous
meetings, the email was formatted as people would enter their names.
So with this one, there seemed to be a race condition and I wanted to
be as complete as possible in my reply, taking into account of others
who had also replied....

And so, now you have a brief glimpse into a messy mind trying to make
sense of everything.

And then I remembered other groups I'd been part of where people used
Doodle to determine the best time to have a meeting, and you could see
at a glance. Our group doesn't have that kind of scheduling problem,
so it wouldn't make the most use of Doodle.

I think you can use participate on a 'Doodle' anonymously. Of course,
one person does need to have an account to create the 'Doodle'. I've
got a free account and am willing to do the honours with that, but
completely understand if others don't want to use it due to privacy

On Tue, 3 Mar 2020 at 15:58, Adam Sweet via Wolves
<wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:
> On 03/03/2020 11:54, Richard Sheppard via Wolves wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Would you guys be averse to using doodle.com for confirming meeting
> > attendances? Something like this:
> > https://doodle.com/poll/fbbqnuzbnc47pwse ?
> My first thought, without looking at it, was to say I'd rather keep
> everything on-list, partly so people don't have to make an extra step
> just to add themselves or see who's coming as the information is just in
> front of you already in your mail client.
> I'm also reluctant to use third party services unless they significantly
> benefit us. I'm conscious of the risk of history loss if the service
> went away or paid only (maybe I'm just a hoarder). I certainly wouldn't
> want people to have to create an account, or for us to have to pay to
> use it for our events.
> That said, it does appear to be free to use, doesn't require responders
> to have an account and would help keep the list clean of formatting
> destruction due passing through numerous mail clients and people
> orphaning each others responses when replying. I'm aware that my
> 'hoarding' point above is of little practical value. I'd consider using
> it for the next meeting perhaps, unless others have meaningful
> objections. I haven't looked at their privacy policy or data processing
> terms to see if they contain anything concerning for example.
> Does anybody else have any feelings on the matter?
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