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Drew Smith, Phd
11-06-2003, 07:11 AM
Dan Kelahar IBM/NCSU Ergonomics Lab wrote:

> Hello Dr. Smith,
> I am curious to hear the difference between biomch-l and this new
> discussion forum. It isn't obvious to me what the differences are.
> Respectfully, Dan Kelaher IBM/NCSU Ergonomics Lab

Dan,

Thanks for your email. Your comments are certainly valid ones. I think
that at this stage the Biomechanics and Movement Science (not Motor Control
as I said in the original posting) Discussion Web MIGHT be a replacement for
Biomch-L in that this would follow the trend of making more internet
applications web-based. The main advantage in taking Biomch-l in this
direction is that conversations amongst members would become more
transparent and open. The facility exists (though not yet implemented) for
members to add attachments to postings, something which email lists are wary
of due to the ease with which viruses can be propagated. As well, for
members who still wish to have one-on-one private communication with other
members (a la Biomch-L), this facility also exists on the web. The web forum
can also serve as the repository for information that is frequently sought
on Biomch-L, such as academic programs, jobs, 'how to' info,
manufacturer/distributor info on equipment/services, etc.

The downside (and this is a problem with +90% of the web) is that most web
sites are 'static' in that they require members to actively seek out the
website, refresh the page or whatever (as opposed to sitting with your email
program running and reading the postings as they arrive).

Work is progressing on a web-based forum - email list marriage, but it is
only in alpha testing. As such, realistically, I would expect being able to
even beta test this until mid- to late-2004.

My advice (and request) to Biomch-L members is to consider posting to both
Biomch-L and the web discussion forum for the next 6-12 months as an
experiment. In particular, I would encourage readers to initiate
conversations on both but continue any sustained discussions on the web (as
opposed to 'behind the scenes' on Biomch-L). Biomch-L has +5,000
subscribers; the web discussion forum as of today has 233. I think that if
the latter's membership grows to +30% of that of Biomch-L then the
discussion forum has a real chance of making a significant contribution to
biomechanics and movement science. At that point, Biomch-L members and
moderators can step back and take an objective view of the situation to see
what the future for the list and the discussion web will be.

Cheers,

Drew Smith, PhD
Co-Moderator, Biomch-L

Senior Lecturer, Department of Sport & Exercise Science
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