Everyone: With respect to the internal communications, I think I am more and more in favour of using this public forum to do Working Group communications and General Discussion on, even if we have to appoint moderators to clobber spam, move threads, and remove trolls.
Basic activist security culture should still apply, so that if a subset of us were planning an action that would involve an element of surprise, then we obviously wouldn't talk about it in a public forum.
My experience yesterday with putting out the agenda over our Google Groups "Occupy Edmonton Announce List" was horrible inefficiency.
This is because Google Groups is in a bit of a shambles at present. Specifically, there is one problem with Google Groups in particular: the "join this list" box that we can stick on the OE website (currently at the top right of the home page) links a visitor to the OE Announce Google Group page with all of our posts on it. So far so good, because you can see the list of announcements.
BUT, if you even FIND the "join this group" link on that page, it forces you to sign up for a Gmail account. Really bad — our announce list shouldn't force you or even "make it easier" to have one webmail address over another.
So, how would people feel about formally proposing to people next GA that we encourage people to move to the forum for General Discussion?
I know that a number of people are complaining about the sheer volume of email list traffic, and I suspect that many people's email accounts don't naturally let email discussion topics be threaded or organized in any way.