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Subscribing to the Potlatch [announce] Mailing List

If you are interested in Potlatch and would like to receive announcements, please subscribe to the Potlatch [announce] mailing list.

When I set up Potlatch [announce], I invited everyone on the old Potlatch address list. Some of the addresses were old and bounced. Some people missed the invitation or didn’t accept it, and after 20 days it expired. If you didn’t get on the list, don’t worry. You can subscribe at any time. Simply go to the [announce] list web page and enter your e-mail address. You should receive an invitation message. Confirm by clicking on the link in the message, or by replying.

Why the extra step of confirming the invitation? Why don’t we automatically subscribe you? It makes sure messages can get to the address. If you are trying to sign up and you don’t receive an invitation message, try again. Maybe there was a typo. Also it protects you from spam. If you receive an invitation in error, or if for any reason you do not wish to receive announcements, you can simply ignore the invite and you will not be subscribed.

You can unsubscribe from the Potlatch [announce] list at any time. Simply go to the [announce] list web page and enter your e-mail address in the “unsubscribe” box.

To make it even easier to get to the Potlatch [announce] list, there is a link in the sidebar on every page. Look for the “Mailman” envelope icon.

Registering on

Registering as a user on the web site enables you to comment on the site and to vote on the book of honor and the program.

Note: I relaxed the requirements for commenting and voting so you do not have to be registered as a user. We’re going to see how it goes. It means the site gets a lot more spam comments that have to be deleted by the moderators. But it may be worth it if it makes the site easier for the Potlatch community to use.

To register, click on the Register link here, or in the sidebar on every page.

When you register as a user, you will need to enter an email address and the password you want to use. You should get a confirmation email, which you will need to confirm in order to complete the registration. Registering as a user is completely separate from the [announce] mailing list. You don’t have to use the same address.

You can control how your name is displayed on the site. You can choose to display your email address (which is your user name), your name, or a nickname. Just log in and go to “Edit my profile”.

Why don’t we automatically register you as a user? We would have to make up a password for you, and send it to you in the clear so you could enter it the first time, and require you to change it. It actually ends up being more steps than if you register yourself.

We are hoping at some time to enable logins from social networks such as Facebook and Google+.

Joining as a Member of Potlatch 23

You can join as a member of Potlatch 23 at the registration page. If you haven’t already, please do so!

When you join, we get the email address that you used with PayPal or that you wrote on the registration form. If you want to use a different email address on the web site, no problem. Just let us know.

As a member, you are entitled to vote on the Book of Honor and participate in creating the program, regardless of whether you register as a site user. You may participate via email, poctsarcd, or hand-delivered scraps of paper.

Add Potlatch 23 to Your Calendar

The text on the main page with the convention date and location is now clickable:

February 21–23, 2014 — Sainte Claire Hotel — San Jose, California

Clicking on the link downloads a little file of calendar information, and allows you to add Potlatch 23 to your calendar. Check it out.

It took me a while to figure out how to do this. I thought it would involve microformats, which are way cool, but in this case they are not the answer. Just create an event in your calendar app, export it, upload the .ics file to the site, and add a link. Old school, simple, and works with the latest smartphones.

Early Rate Extended to July 15

We are extending the early registration rate through July 15th. It is only $40, a whole $5 less than the early rate for joining Potlatch 20, three years ago.

On-line registration is now available. It took a while because I had to set up a new Potlatch bank account that is properly linked to Clarion West. I also had to set up a new PayPal account. Anyway, since a lot of people prefer to join on-line, we want to give them a chance to join at the early rate. If you’ve been waiting, this is your chance. Please join before the rate goes up, because it surely will.

I also updated the off-line registration form. If you want to join by mail, the early rate is still available that way too.

Early Registration Rate Extended to May 31

We are extending the early registration rate through May 31. It is only $40, a whole $5 less than the early rate for joining Potlatch 20, three years ago.

If you are wondering when we are going to have on-line registration, it will be soon. We were asked to set up a new Potlatch bank account at a credit union where we won’t have to pay any fees. We have the account, and are finalizing the paperwork of establishing that we are a non-profit. When that is done, we will set up a PayPal account and apply for the non-profit discount.

In the meantime, we have a P.O. Box, and we can take checks made out to “Potlatch”. This is a good way to join. PayPal’s transaction fees are very reasonable, especially with the non-profit discount, but if you send a check we don’t have to pay any fees whatsoever. We’re happy to take checks any time.