1998: The Madness Group Year Five List and Page Reports

Some of the page coordinators and list administrators replied to my invitation to report.

Mad-GLBT, J. Rasku

At times there have been some busy discussions, but generally it is pretty quiet on the Mad-GLBT list. 

MadNation, Vicki Fox Wieselthier

MadNation separated from The Madness Group and opened officially on November 1, 1997. Currently we get 580 page hits a day. MadZine has 184 members--including several other lists OACAF: Organizing Against Coercion and Force list has 42 members The focus of MadNation changed over time and became an overtly political web presence.  MadNation has been actively involved in the Million Mad March, the campaign to split NAMI and TAC, the exposure of misrepresentation of the MacArthur violence studies and now, in the inclusion of a c/s/x voice in the development of Amicus briefs for LC v. Olmstead.    MadNation got a four star award from Mental Health Net in December, 1998.

MadGrrls, Kathryn Cohan

The MadGrrls list has grown from 11 to 59 members in 16 months. Of our current unduplicated membership of 59, approximately 7% of the membership has the list set "nomail", but the nomail percentage has been as high as 20%. This report reflects an increase of eleven members since the annual report, dated 9/19/98. Of the better than 90% of the membership that receives mail in regular or digest (or the rare index) mode, nearly 90% contribute on a regular or semi-regular basis. We have grown from an 8 post per day list to a 28 post per day average list. The all-time posting volume average high was 36 posts per day, in October 1998. Members find us in many ways: by personal referral; the MadNation website; generic web searches that lead to the Grrls page or another Madness Group point of entry. Approximately 25 members have come and gone. A handful have returned. Exit interviews reveal a high degree of satisfaction, and usually cite a change in life circumstance leading to signing off. Web The MadGrrls list maintains primitive pages at http://members.aol.com/madgrrls/index.html    Collateral Connections: Sylvia Caras and Kathryn Cohan presented to the Wellesley College Stone Center for Women about the MadGrrls List on October 16, 1998. The presentation included a written paper with a sample thread from the list embedded within. Our discussion of the experience of women who have mood swings, fear, voices, and visions promoted our inclusion into the Stone Center's work on relational theory. A follow up to this presentation, to continue the inclusion agenda, is planned in the form of a new e-mail list, named _Relations_. The Relations list will bring together developers and practitioners of the relational model with Women Who, for an authentic discussion of experience through the relational lens. The Relations list will be run on Lyris software, as soon as it becomes available.

TwoHats, Scott Huffman

TwoHats is up to 68 subscribers today, most of whom have the good sense to
keep their mouths shut unless they have something to communicate, which
makes for a nice low volume list.  Oh, occasionally someone manages to irk
another member, but the exchanges have mostly stayed within the bounds of
good taste and civil discourse.  There have been some interesting threads in
the last year and a lot of reposting of stuff from other lists.  We've had a
few "what can I do to help this specific person" threads and some more
generally philosophical discussions.  And I did manage to piss off one or
more "official State Filbert" by using that phrase in describing a meeting
I attended.  This  listowner doesn't know or care what percentage of members
are set to "no-mail" and having lost one of his hats during the year (fired
from a mental health managed care organization for "inappropriate internet
use") he has become more unbalanced than ever.  Fortunately he has recently
re-hatted by taking a position as an "e-lancer" for the APA web site, and is
once again employed within "mental hell".

OzMad, Sara Clarke

OzMad currently has 74 subscribers. The list is open to all Australian consumers and other interested persons and has recently changed from being a fairly quiet event based list into a place of real (often fiery) debate. We have had an influx of new subscribers who have changed OzMad into a place of real discussion on many topics related to the c/s/x movement in Australia and internationally as well as the diversity and commonality of our experiences of *madness* itself. The volume has risen somewhat (167 posts in December 98 compared to 106 in December 97). It is really the depth of discussion, the subjects discussed and the level of debates that has changed so markedly in the last few months.

Rainier Web Services, Eileen Lopp

These pages have not been publicized.  In the last 5 months, the protoype pages at RWS have had visitors from 33 countries.  Overall the pages average about 100 hits a day.  The library averages 7.5 hits a day and Linda Andre's piece on Marilyn Rice is the most popular file.  The Act-Mad page averages 21 hits a day.  The photo pages are very popular - 29 hits a day.   On 10 December, there were 9 state lists at RWS.

MADNESS, Sylvia Caras

The message from the super-list announcing this report went to exactly 500 readers.  We lost a number of subscribers to the conflagrations in the fall.  We have almost reached again the total we had last September.

I have posted as a separate page my own reflections about these last twelve months. 

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