Historic channels

To: "'robert morris'" <>
Subject: Historic channels
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:05:01 +1030
Well I for one want b-a to continue for some years yet. I'm not into those
other social media gadgets and don't wish to be - I can barely operate the
very basic mobile thingo I've got as it is, that is if and when it is ever
switched on - only in dire emergencies.  I guess that means I miss out on
some birding info but I'd hate to be one of those gadgetophiles permanently
texting away, rudely ignoring real people in their close vicinity. I have no
wish to be in continual tedious contact with everyone else on the planet.
Birding-aus has served me well over the years and I'll continue to use it.
Thank you Russ for setting it up and keeping it going. 
BTW, I heard about the Semi-palmated Plover at Pelican Point by landline
telephone - excellent.  We got it.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
robert morris
Sent: Friday, 14 November 2014 12:33 AM
To: Russell Woodford
Cc: Ashwin Rudder; 
Subject: Historic channels


I liked your post - but couldn't find the button to click to tell you! Lol 


Sent from my iPad

> On 13 Nov 2014, at 23:20, "Russell Woodford" <> wrote:
> Someone on the Facebook discussion of this same topic said they didn't 
> want their posts pushed to birding-aus. An interesting point. Facebook 
> owns everything that is posted there, but as far as I can tell there 
> is no
> *technical* barrier to taking a feed from a FB group to Birding-Aus.
> Anyway, I am not about to do this!!! The amount of traffic on B-Aus is 
> about right, and I don't want flood subscribers with the conversations 
> from Facebook. I like reading both forums, but I am glad I only have 
> to run one of them (and Peter and Bill, the moderators, do most of 
> that!) so I'm not about to hijack content from elsewhere.
> I agree that email is a bit of a generational thing (that's the polite 
> way of saying it's for old people) and the new generation of bright 
> young birders use social media instead. If I plan my exit perfectly, I 
> should shuffle off this mortal coil at about the time that the few 
> remaining Birding-Aus subscribers sit around in residential care 
> wondering who Night Parr0t really was and thinking up some new 
> comments about banding. That is, Birding-Aus and I should depart 
> quietly together, by which time James Mustafa will be retired, and be 
> the Australian record holder and the only one in the 1000 Club, and 
> all the young birders of that age wonder why he STILL writes stuff on 
> Facebook because nobody has used it for for, like, decades ...
> I really value this community, because it is only the people who 
> contribute that give it any value at all  - but while it is nice to 
> have Birding-Aus now, it will probably lose its relevance or 
> usefulness, just as Facebook might. How many of us still sit up all night
reading Usenet newsgroups???
> Times change, tools and technologies change. People don't change that 
> much, but they naturally adopt the tools that suit them best. I 
> thought Gestettner spirit masters were the best thing ever for 
> teaching when I started my career. But there is little point hanging 
> on to a technology just because you like the smell of the printing 
> fluid :-)
> When it's time to shut down Birding-Aus, there probably won't be any 
> subscribers left to notify. I hope that isn't for a while yet.
> Russell Woodford
> Birding-Aus Founder
>> On 13 November 2014 20:16, Ashwin Rudder <> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Perhaps this is digressing from a birdwatching topic, however it's a 
>> somewhat meta topic on the value of birding-aus in 2014 and probably 
>> a discussion worth having. It's a fact that those following b-a alone 
>> to find out about vagrants have been privy to a tiny fraction of the 
>> discussion on the location of this dowitcher, its ID features, the 
>> photos of it (in fact, you wouldn't have seen them at all). By the 
>> time the first post to this page about the bird was made, the first 
>> car was already halfway to the site. And the first post to birdline 
>> wasn't made until well over 12 hours after the debate on facebook had 
>> started. Say what you will about facebook, but it's now the premier 
>> place for these discussions, and the fastest way of getting the word out.
>> This is not to bad-mouth birding-aus. I think it's an invaluable
>> It remains a far better place than facebook for trip reports 
>> (although these seem few and far between now). But it needs to find a 
>> way to remain relevant, and if that way isn't as a noticeboard for 
>> sightings, then it's worth noting here that there are better sites
>> Lastly, a brief note on advertising. Google is free. Gmail is free, 
>> Google Maps, Youtube, and a series of other sites that many people 
>> here use on a daily basis, are free. Probably about a third of people 
>> using birding-aus use mobile phones running software by Google. All 
>> this is possible because that company makes money by the shedload 
>> from selling advertising space, and by knowing what you're looking 
>> at. Facebook is no different, but it cops flak because the services 
>> it provides are not as fundamental just at the minute as those 
>> provided by Google. In essence, not using facebook on the basis of 
>> its data gathering policy, yet using Google-provided programs is the same
as vegetarians who eat fish.
>> Cheers,
>> Ashwin Rudder
>> On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Graeme Stevens 
>> <>
>> wrote:
>>> Probably diverting now well away from a birding thread guys and the
>> debate
>>> about the pros and cons of the TwitFace era could get tiresome, but 
>>> if
>> you
>>> recall, a lot of people paid very large amounts of money for 
>>> Facebook shares when it floated and now those shareholders want  and 
>>> expect a
>> return.
>>> So where is that going to come from do you reckon? Advertising of 
>>> course, and  business analytics (knowing everything it can about its 
>>> users to
>> sell
>>> to whoever can use the data and will pay for it) - and it's not 
>>> alone there.
>>> It's a public company and aint no charity!
>>> That doesn't mean the functionality isn't useful - just keep the 
>>> eyes
>> wide
>>> open?
>>> Graeme S
>>>> From: 
>>>> Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:26:32 +1100
>>>> To: 
>>>> CC: ; 
>>>> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Historic channels
>>>> I just ignore the ads. Never seen anything that I am interested in, 
>>>> or
>>> really applies to me. I seem to be immune to advertising.
>>>> Carl Clifford
>>>>> On 13 Nov 2014, at 18:10, Martin Butterfield 
>>>>> <>
>>> wrote:
>>>>> It may be relevant to note that I read an article some months ago, 
>>>>> in
>>> the finance pages that Facebook is now seen as an advertising 
>>> business rather than a part of the IT industry. That is part of my 
>>> reasoning for having nothing to do with them.
>>>>> Martin
>>>>>> On Thursday, 13 November 2014, Carl Clifford <
>> >
>>> wrote:
>>>>>> Chris,
>>>>>> FB does not have to steal your content. By posting, you have 
>>>>>> given
>>> them permission to do what they want with anything you post. Anyone 
>>> who complains is only welching on the agreement they have made with FB.
>>>>>> Carl Clifford
>>>>>>> On 13 Nov 2014, at 16:47, Chris Sanderson <
>>> > wrote:
>>>>>>> Hi Carl and everyone,
>>>>>>> This gets trotted out pretty regularly as a reason not to post
>>> anything on a variety of platforms, including Facebook. I would 
>>> suggest
>> the
>>> idea that Facebook has any interest in your particular bird photo is
>> pretty
>>> ridiculous. While a very loose legal interpretation might be that 
>>> they
>> are
>>> entitled to use those photographs you post, this is mainly an
>> ass-covering
>>> exercise from a legal perspective, as they distribute your 
>>> photograph to friends, friends of friends, or anyone who looks at 
>>> it, depending on your security settings. You are essentially giving them
permission to do this.
>>>>>>> Now, I'm not saying that Facebook doesn't have privacy and data
>>> issues (they are known to sell your behavioural data to marketers, 
>>> or
>> even
>>> manipulate your experience on the site for research purposes), 
>>> however
>> the
>>> idea that they would risk a huge media blow-up over stealing 
>>> someone's photos is, to me at least, stretching belief. They make 
>>> money off people who use their site. If you stop producing content 
>>> for them, or stop using their site, they aren't showing you 
>>> advertising anymore, or aggregating your data to sell to marketing 
>>> people. This is worth far more to them
>> than
>>> any photograph could be worth. I have no doubt I have earned 
>>> Facebook
>> more
>>> revenue just by using it than I have ever made selling photos.
>>>>>>> Having said all that, if you don't want to post photos on
>> Facebook,
>>> there's no reason you have to. And if you don't want to be on 
>>> Facebook at all, that's fine too, that's totally your call. Just 
>>> don't be too
>> surprised
>>> if you start missing out on the latest in bird news, since that 
>>> seems to
>> be
>>> the way things are going at the moment here in Aus.
>>>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>>>> Chris
>>>>>>>> On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM, Carl Clifford <
>>> > wrote:
>>>>>>>> Here is section 1. of Facebook's statement on intellectual
>>> property rights.
>>>>>>>> For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, 
>>>>>>>> such
>>> as photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the 
>>> following permission, subject to your privacy and application 
>>> settings: you grant
>> us
>>> a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, 
>>> worldwide licence to use any IP content that you post on or in 
>>> connection with Facebook (IP Licence). This IP Licence ends when you 
>>> delete your IP
>> content
>>> or your account, unless your content has been shared with others and 
>>> they have not deleted it. the full T&C can be found at 
>>>>>>>> I would be very careful about posting anything, text or images 
>>>>>>>> on
>>> Facebook that you would want to possibly want to make money out of 
>>> in the future. they can probably afford bigger and better lawyers 
>>> than the
>> average
>>> FB user, and you would have to take them on in the US legal system.
>>>>>>>> Carl Clifford
>>>>>>>>> On 13 Nov 2014, at 2:52 pm,  wrote:
>>>>>>>>> That makes Facebook's alternative name "stalkbook" even more
>>> appropriate, or should that be "storkbook".....
>>>>>>>>> Doesn't everything that goes on facebook, including pictures,
>>> become the property of facebook and not the "owner" of the photos, etc?
>>>>>>>>> I will stick with B-A, even though Rusty is a blues man... :-)
>>>>>>>>> Yours in all things "green"
>>>>>>>>> John Harris BASc, GDipEd
>>>>>>>>> Director - Wildlife Experiences P/L Principal 
>>>>>>>>> Zoologist/Ecologist Nature Photographer Wildlife Guide 
>>>>>>>>> Croydon, Vic
>>>>>>>>> 0409 090 955
>>>>>>>>> President, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
>>>>>>>>> ----- Reply message -----
>>>>>>>>> From: "Ashwin Rudder" <>
>>>>>>>>> To: "John Tongue" <>
>>>>>>>>> Cc: "" <
>>>>>>>>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Historic channels
>>>>>>>>> Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 11:57
>>>>>>>>> Hi Peter, and others,
>>>>>>>>> John is right, the majority of the discussion has happened on
>>> facebook.
>>>>>>>>> Increasingly I think, there is a shift away from birding-aus
>> for
>>> several
>>>>>>>>> reasons. An email list is a relatively slow way of
>> disseminating
>>>>>>>>> information (much faster than past methods, but much slower
>> than
>>> something
>>>>>>>>> like facebook). Most significantly, b-a suffers from not being
>>> able to
>>>>>>>>> handle image files. Almost all of the discussion on the
>>> dowitcher's ID has
>>>>>>>>> come from people being able to post photos, add pointers to
>>> them, and talk
>>>>>>>>> very quickly, in much more of a conversational style than b-a
>>> allows. A
>>>>>>>>> video or two has also been posted.
>>>>>>>>> In terms of how easy it is to retrieve information on facebook:
>>> there is a
>>>>>>>>> search function that acts like a find tool in a Microsoft Word
>>> document (or
>>>>>>>>> similar), so it looks for any post containing that word, and
>>> then displays
>>>>>>>>> the entire thread. In essence, it is no different to searching
>>> the archives
>>>>>>>>> of birding-aus, although without any issues of having the
>>> subject line
>>>>>>>>> change halfway through a thread, which can make topics hard to
>>> follow here.
>>>>>>>>> Obviously, the shift to facebook further fragments the
>> grapevine
>>> that the
>>>>>>>>> birding community relies on. However, increasing numbers of
>>> people, of all
>>>>>>>>> ages, have facebook and it really is very convenient. Birdline
>>> remains the
>>>>>>>>> premier rare bird telegraph page, while this page remains the
>>> best for in
>>>>>>>>> depth discussions. One of the great criticisms of facebook by
>>> social
>>>>>>>>> commentators is that it feed the instantaneous me-me-me!
>>> attitude of the
>>>>>>>>> yoof; ironically, this is exactly what's needed for rare,
>>> twitchable birds,
>>>>>>>>> and that makes modern-day social media the best spot for
>>> twitchers.
>>>>>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>>>>>> Ashwin Rudder
>>>>>>>>> On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM, John Tongue <
>>> > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> Hi Peter, et al,
>>>>>>>>>> There has been a fair bit of discussion on the "Australian
>>> Twitchers" FB
>>>>>>>>>> page. While people keep adding comments to a particular
>> thread,
>>> that keeps
>>>>>>>>>> it live and active. I'm not sure what happens to that info
>> some
>>> time after
>>>>>>>>>> people stop commenting, and how easy it will prove to be to
>>> retrieve.
>>>>>>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>>>>>>> John Tongue
>>>>>>>>>> On 13/11/2014, at 7:16 AM, Peter Shute <>
>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>> Interesting comment below from Ashwin about where the
>>> discussion of
>>>>>>>>>> Victoria's Lake Tutchewop Dowitcher is taking place. I assume
>>> "historic
>>>>>>>>>> channels" means the birding-aus list?
>>>>>>>>>>> Where else is discussion taking place? I've seen plenty of
>>> discussion in
>>>>>>>>>> the Victorian Birders Facebook group. Is there anywhere else?
>>>>>>>>>>> Facebook has the advantage that photos can be posted, but 
>>>>>>>>>>> I'm
>>> wondering
>>>>>>>>>> if there is any kind of archive being kept. I often can't 
>>>>>>>>>> find
>>> a Facebook
>>>>>>>>>> discussion just days after I last looked at it, let alone
>>> months or years.
>>>>>>>>>> Is there a way to find them, or is this stuff just getting
>>> lost? And does
>>>>>>>>>> it matter?
>>>>>>>>>>> Peter Shute
>>>>>>>>>>> Sent from my iPad
>>>>>>>>>>>> On 13 Nov 2014, at 5:03 am, Ashwin Rudder <
>>> > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>>>>>>>> I haven't seen anything really up to date posted to b-a;
>> most
>>> discussion
>>>>>>>>>>>> seems to have happened away from the historic channels. In
>>> summary:
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