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An alternative means of archiving your group's mailing list: Google Groups

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
Did you know that a Google Group can be created solely to be an online repository/archive for another existing, traditional mailing list? I just learned this today.

In an entry last week (see below), I pointed out how the mail-archive.com site offered a great repository for archiving and providing a search interface for any group's mailing list.

But this Google Group's feature may appeal to some as an alternative. For more, see the Google Group's technote, Can I use Google Groups to archive another mailing list?.

For more on the other alternative I proposed, including a discussion for why either of this is different from proposing that any individual create their own gmail account for reading mailing lists (an entirely different subject/solution), see Need a (safe) searchable archive for your mailing list? Get one for free!.

The mail-archive.com service does have one distinct advantage: it can be setup to hold previous messages sent to the list being archived. Google Groups cannot, for now, so it will only be able to start archiving once you set it up.

Hope this helps someone or some group with a mailing list that lacks its own archive/search/web interface features.

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House of Fusion also offers lists for groups, but Google has more features. We actually replicate to Google groups, which is a nice SEO thing.
# Posted By Michael Dinowitz | 12/1/06 12:27 AM
Good point, Michael. Thanks. So to clarify, you're saying something slightly different, though. You're saying that you are open to hosting a group's list if they don't have one, where this post was about archiving one if it exists. Is that right?

Still, good to hear that you're taking advantage of the google group archiving for the HOF lists. Cheers.
# Posted By Charlie Arehart | 12/1/06 11:48 AM
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