The history and purpose of this mailing list
The mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org
was founded to co÷rdinate a course in the Old Norse
language. Originally lessons and other course materials
were sent to the list. The intention of the authors was
that the list should be a forum for the discussion of
the lessons. One where people could ask for help,
not only of the authors but also of each other.
Some would even post their own solutions for the review
and discussion of others. The various participants
would continue at approximately the same speed and
the teachers would make new material as needed.
These objectives were partially realised. In the
beginning there were many working on the first lessons
and some discussions on them ensued. The teachers were
able (and interested) to help and everyone, I hope,
had some fun.
However it quickly became apparent that people were
too divergent in the time and effort they spent on the
material. There was no way to define "the current
status" of the course. As the initial enthusaism,
of the teachers as well as the students, died down
it was clear that this course could not be run as
a normal scheduled course.
The teachers' focus was then directed to making
a web page containing course material which would be
accessible to anyone at any time. Thus the list was not
used anymore to distribute course material. This has
merited a redefinition of the mailing list.
I will try to summarise the purpose of the
list as it currently appears to me. The following
is definitely on topic.
- Discussion on the materials of the course contained
on the "Old Norse for Beginners" website. Questions and
comments are welcome.
- Announcements of updates to that page (from me).
- General discussion on the Old Norse language
for people of any knowledge level. Discussion on
other Old Norse language material available on the
Internet and elsewhere is quite appropriate.
- Specific questions on matters pertaining to
the Old Norse language. There are many knowledgeable
people who read the list. Most who have asked questions
in the past have received prompt and thorough answers.
So don't be afraid to post. The list can handle
much more traffic than it has had lately.
Written on October 16th 2001