Posts By: Michael JasonSmith

Internationalisation

Today I deployed a massive update to improve internationalisation at OnlineGroups.net. We hope that the improved internationalisation makes your sites and groups more inviting to those who use languages other than English, starting with French and German. To see the changes change the language in your browser preferences (options) to French or German and visit… Read more »

Export messages and export membership

OnlineGroups.net gives you the ability to export the group membership and export the messages. This allows you to keep your own backup of the membership and posts. (We keep backups, but you may want your own.) You may also export the information and leave OnlineGroups.net and use another service. While we would be sad to… Read more »

Sprezzatura and software

Releasing software as open source — where everyone is free to view and tinker with the code — is both scary and liberating. However, more than that I have to be open about how I write the code, and avoid sprezzatura.

Multiple email addresses

A person can have multiple email addresses with GroupServer, the system that underlies OnlineGroups.net. Multiple email addresses have a huge influence on what makes GroupServer different from the other mailing list managers. Yesterday, 27 October, marked ten years since this feature was added, so in many ways yesterday was the tenth birthday of GroupServer. To… Read more »

The design of email notifications

Email notifications (also known as transactional email messages) are important to a mailing lists, such as those on OnlineGroups.net. They include the emails that invite people to join a group, welcome the new group members, and inform the administrator that the invitations have been accepted. Notifications are harder to design than a typical Web page… Read more »

Reflections on the OnlineGroups.net Design

In this post I discuss the development of the “new” user-interface for OnlineGroups.net, and how it has shaped up. Now is a good time for a review because it has been a bit over a year since I released the new interface for the open-source GroupServer mailing-list manger (11 June, 2013) and a bit under… Read more »

Bouncing email and disabled addresses

In this post I will discuss a problem that plagues email groups: bouncing messages. I will start by explaining why email bounces, and what OnlineGroups.net does about bouncing email. I conclude by providing some suggestions about what you can do about bouncing email, and what our plans are.

Google Wave

In May last year Google released Google Wave. In August Google announced that they were shutting it down. Wave was an editor that allowed multiple people to edit the same document at the same time. It was similar to the editors that appeared in the labs during the early 1990s. In this post I examine… Read more »