Andrew Miller wrote:
> Hi,
> There has been some discussion recently about how best to handle local 
> CellML addresses (which can be used by local groups with an interest in 
> CellML to arrange meetings and hold other discussions which are purely 
> local in scope and not of interest to the broader CellML community).

Something I didn't think of before... surely most other groups already
have a mailing list that serves their group's interest anyway... What
would make it worthwhile for them to actually swap over to an official
cellml list?

> At the University of Auckland, we have a list for the Auckland CellML 
> team. However, I feel that some of the discussion on that list would 
> probably better occur on the cellml-discussion mailing list (or another 
> more public forum). After discussing this at our Auckland CellML group 
> meeting, it was suggested that perhaps similar issues are arising at 
> other localised groups working on CellML. To this end, we came up with a 
> rough proposal (which I expand on below) which I hope will help both the 
> Auckland group and other groups using CellML to collaborate.
> Please note that this is just a proposal, and I would welcome feedback 
> on how we can improve it. I would be especially interested to hear 
> opinions from other groups outside Auckland using CellML.
> Proposal:
> "
> 1) Groups can request <location> mailing lists.
>   a) Any group which is working on a CellML related project may [follow 
> some procedure which needs to be decided] to request a mailing list for 
> discussion of location specific matters related to their CellML project.
>   b) The e-mail address requested shall follow the format 
> <location>, where <location> is replaced with a short word, 
> phrase, or abbrevation which describes the geographical location of the 
> group concerned.
>   c) The location name should be sufficient to uniquely distinguish the 
> group from other separate groups that may wish to work on CellML. List 
> names are subject to review to ensure that they are unlikely to conflict 
> with another group or cause confusion.
> 2) Location-specific mailing lists to have open membership and be 
> publicly archived.
>   a) Any person may join any location-specific mailing list without 
> moderator approval, regardless of their actual geographic location.
>   b) All location-specific mailing lists shall have a publicly readable 
> archive, hosted at
> 3) Scope and posting rules for location-specific mailing lists.
>   a) All messages posted to location-specific mailing lists must be 
> related in some way to CellML, or to tools which process CellML, or to 
> the operation of groups with an interest in CellML. Some degree of 
> leeway should be afforded by administrators here, as long as 
> the list is not being used as a free hosting service for work not even 
> vaguely related CellML.
>   b) Message posters are strongly encouraged to send messages which may 
> be of broader interest to the cellml-discussion list rather than to the 
> location-specific address.
>   c) The location-specific mailing lists must not be used for 
> information which is of a private or confidential nature (after all, it 
> is an open membership list with a public archive).
>   d) All posters to location-specific mailing lists agree that their 
> messages may be further distributed (with attribution to them), 
> including by forwarding to the cellml-discussion list or by inclusion in 
> public bug-trackers (and also agree to the translation of their messages 
> into another language).
>   e) The location-specific groups may establish their own additional 
> posting rules by their normal decision-making process, as long as these 
> posting rules do not conflict with the general rules described here. 
> These posting rules may include (without limitation) the scope of the 
> list, who is allowed to post to the list (but not who can subscribe) and 
> how often, and the permitted language(s) of any posts to the list.
> 4) Administration and moderation of location-specific mailing lists.
>   a) Each location-specific group shall determine their own process for 
> the control of their own mailing lists, and their nominated 
> administrator will be provided with a password allowing them access to 
> the administrative interface.
>   b) Group designated administrators are free to change the settings of 
> the groups location-specific CellML mailing list (after changes are 
> approved through the appropriate local decision-making processes). 
> However, they must not make changes which cause the mailing list 
> archives to be no longer public, or which cause the list to require 
> moderator approval before allowing subscriptions.
>   c) Group designated administrators may also (in accordance with 
> locally determined policies) subscribe and remove people from their 
> mailing lists are a service to the person being added or removed. 
> Administrators may infer that a person wishes to be added or removed 
> from the mailing list if they are visiting / commencing employment or 
> leaving the group respectively. However, administrators may not add or 
> remove any person from the mailing list who does not wish to be added or 
> removed, as this would prevent the list from being open membership.
>   d) Group designated administrators may (in accordance with locally 
> determined policies) use the moderation features of mailman to enforce 
> the posting rules for the list.
> 5) Transitional measures for the Auckland group:
>   a) A list [EMAIL PROTECTED] will be created.
>   b) All members of the list [EMAIL PROTECTED] will 
> be subscribed to [EMAIL PROTECTED]
>   c) Andrew Miller will be the initial designated administrator of 
>   d) There will be no initial additional posting rules for 
>   e) The [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list will be closed to 
> new posts after the new list is set up and tested. The archives will 
> remain as they currently are.
> "
> Please let me know what you think.
> Best regards,
> Andrew Miller
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