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Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:39 PM To: 'H-NET Discussion List on Oral History' Subject: Migration to Commons One thing I've noticed on the lists that have moved over is there is much less dialogue, at least so far. It takes more time to post, which isn't a very good thing. Best, Judy Branfman ***************************************************************** From: Sielaff, Steven Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:42 PM To: Holland, Michelle L. Subject: Migration to Commons I'd like to chime in here with my experience working behind the scenes preparing H-Oralhist for the migration, including some info straight from the H-Net operators that I've obtained the past few days. This migration is mandatory because we are a part of the larger H-Net system of listservs. We've basically been given timetables and new training regiments as editors in the past months and told to prepare for this day. We've actually waited a few extra months for our migration day because we are one of the largest lists on H-Net. That said, both Michelle and I took the Commons training awhile back and I organized the editors' shift schedule so that we would be on duty when the change happened, so I feel we are as prepared as we can be for a smooth transition. Here is the breakdown of what will happen when the migration happens: 1. If you currently use H-Oralhist to receive discussions in your mailbox and never participate in them directly, nothing will change for you. However, if you do submit discussions/replies, you will need to sign up and sign in to do so in the future. The directions on how to do this are in the official e-mail we have already shared twice this week. Basically you are given a temporary password to set up your account, then you have to keep track of your username and password afterwards. 2. All previous discussions will remain on the old H-Net website and can be searched for there. Old bookmarks/links pointing to these will still work, and there will be a link on the new Commons H-Oralhist splash page that directs you to the logs. 3. Our extra resource list links located on the left on the current H-Oralhist splash page will be transferred to the Commons plan-oralhist network (which is the sandbox for editors to play in while they train) where we can edit them post-migration. After we are happy with them we can request that they be moved to the new Commons H-Oralhist link section. Old bookmarks/links pointing to these lists will not work and will need to be updated once they arrive on the Commons H-Oralhist page. 4. If you have an old bookmark/link that points to the current H-Oralhist splash page, this will automatically redirect to the new Commons splash page once the migration is complete. I hope I've been able to answer most subscribers' concerns here. It does seem like a lot to swallow at first, but I feel confident overall that the transition will be a smooth one, and that for the majority of our subscribers nothing will change. For those who like/need to submit discussions, however, we will of course be there to help teach them how to use the new Commons website post-migration. Steven Sielaff University Researcher - Baylor University Institute for Oral History Board of Directors - Texas Oral History Association Editor/Technical Advisor - H-Oralhist --