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Birding News Update: 8-29-12

We’ve now read—and replied to—all of the messages we’ve received from you over the past two weeks concerning Birding News. Having tens of thousands of beta-testers has helped us immeasurably in identifying and eliminating problems. We’ve also gotten some very good suggestions.

Chief among these is that we offer the lists in digest format, or “Siler-style”—with all of the messages loading on one page, with the subject lines at the top. We have now added that option, so that you can view the messages both ways: individually or digest form.

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Each list has a unique URL for digest as well as individual-message format, so bookmarking is easy.

We’ve also taken care of some major formatting problems with non-English text and pre-formatted text (such as hawkwatch reports).

Other things we’re still working on include a digest format for mobile devices and a few other little formatting problems … primarily due to messages sent from Microsoft products, and/or binary attachments.

Adding new mailing lists is, of course, a priority—as is continuing to carry the lists from Birdingonthe.net. In some cases we’re awaiting permission from the list owner (or in at least one case trying to simply find the list owner), or working through other issues, such as dealing with Google Groups, which are hybrid mailing list/forum format.

You can keep up to speed on our progress on our Updates & Changes Log.

And as always, we want to hear from you, and welcome your questions, comments and concerns.

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Greg Neise

Greg Neise

Web Development at American Birding Association
Greg Neise developed his interests in birds, photography and conservation as a youngster growing up in Chicago, across the street from Lincoln Park Zoo. At the age of 13, he worked alongside Dr. William S. Beecher, then Director of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and a pioneering ornithologist, and learned to photograph wildlife, an interest that developed into a career supplying images for magazines, newspapers, institutions and books, including National Geographic (print, web and television), Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, Nature, Lincoln Park Zoo, Miami Zoo, Jacksonville Zoo, The Field Museum and a host of others. He has served as President of the Rainforest Conservation Fund, a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the world's tropical rainforests. Greg is a web developer for the ABA, and of course, a fanatical birder.
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