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December 17 2016 Editor Assistance Newsletter

Greetings and Salutations -

Thank you to everyone who came by for the editor chat tonight? We had several waves of editors coming in at different times, which is of course great! We all have different schedules and that's the way life works. It was great to talk with you all!

One thing we discussed is that the usefulness of "private forums" is dying out. People are hooked on public actively-updating feeds like Facebook and Twitter. Despite our best efforts to keep private forums going, we are fighting a change in the environment.

We have talked many times about putting a private editor forum on Facebook and my concern has been Facebook's known privacy issues. It simply is not secure, just as Yahoo and other servers have proven insecure. But, in the end, I think it may be a "lesser of two evils" situation. As long as we acknowledge that Facebook is imperfect, at least it gives us an area to talk where many editors are already hanging out. We need to realize it's not our own servers, and to know what we say there is not under our own control. Still, it is an environment where many of our editors spend their time anyway. So that is of value.

I have set up a private group here -


Contact me to get permission and I'll add you in. Again I caveat that this is Facebook, not our own servers. I tend to be extremely privacy-minded. But, that being said, many people already use Facebook quite a lot and are comfortable with what it can or cannot do. This will give us an environment to talk and get assistance where there are more people actively engaging. And sometimes an easier environment is more important than a super-secure environment.

Let me know if you have any questions, and have a great weekend!

Lisa Shea, owner


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