Fleet Mailing Lists
Traditionally, the fleet has used plain ol’ email to keep its members informed, pasting the email address of each fleet member into the TO address and sending. This has, from time to time, generated a lot of REPLY TO ALL conversations and may have lowered the open and read rates of important notices.
This year we are trying our hand at using managed email lists to reduce the clutter and to help ensure members get the emails they want, and avoid the emails they’re not interested in.
How to Receive eMails from the Lists
To continue receiving the most important general fleet announcements, there is no action required of fleet members. Everyone has already been added to the main mail list. However, to receive race announcements, fleet members need to accept the invitation that was emailed to you to join the racing email list. The same is true for members who wish to be on the boats & gear and the general discussion email lists. Having a Google+ account is not required to be part of the mail list.
An added feature of using Google Groups as our email list manager is that conversations may continue as a series of posts and replies on the web. In order to view and add these kinds of online posts, you would need to sign up for a free Google+ account if you don’t already have one. (A gmail account is not required – you can use your existing email account as your username.) If you would like to explore more information about Google+, please see the Google+ Help page.
The fleet will not use online posts to send information – email alone will be sufficient to receive all the fleet information you need. The posts on Google+ can be a fun extension of the conversation.
How to Send Emails to the Entire Fleet
If you have an email you would like to send to the entire fleet, please write it up and sent it to Fleet Captain Pete Seymour. Pete will forward the note on to the entire fleet. The reason we are keeping the “entire fleet” list restricted for now is that we really want to keep the traffic to a minimum so that every fleet message gets read. Again, the REPLY ALL threads were contributing some clutter. (Note that if these email lists do not meet the needs of most fleet members, we will of course re-evaluate and make sure the fleet is well served.)
How to Receive and Send Emails in the Other Groups
Three other email lists were created, and an invitation was sent to every fleet member to join each of them. In order to be part of these groups, you need to accept the invitation you receive for each of the groups you wish to join. Once you accept the invitation, you will receive any emails sent to the group in your regular email program. You can send emails to any of these other three groups by writing an email and sending it to a specific email address representing the group (see below.) Your email will be delivered to everyone who is a member of that group.
Again, a Google+ account is not required to send and receive emails. If you would like to participate in online posts, then you would need to sign up for a free Google+ account as described above.
The racing list will be used to send all detailed racing information. Any regular competitors and their crew should accept their invitation for this list. Members of this list may use the email address corinthian-fleet-one—email@example.com to send an email to everyone who has accepted invitations to this group.
Boats and Gear List
This group is for information about boats and equipment, wanted and available, as well as for sharing information on your projects, asking for help, sharing tips and so on. Members of this list may use the email address corinthian-fleet-one—firstname.lastname@example.org to send an email to everyone who has accepted invitations to this group.
Social and General Discussion List
This group is for more personal notes, social invitations or suggestions, discussion of general ideas for improving the Fleet experience, and basically anything else that doesn’t fit into one of the other groups. Members of this list may use the email address corinthian-fleet-one—email@example.com to send an email to everyone who has accepted invitations to this group.