the JCKS (Journal of Caves and Karst) will be distributed electronically to 60% of the membership
the NSS Members Manual will be distributed electronically to 15% of the membership (there was a way to do this?? how do I sign up? The last thing I want is another doorstop cluttering up my desk!)
Opt-out of the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies
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scrambler wrote:As a scientist, I am definitely biased in wanting to read more cave science related articles/papers. I understand that this may not be the wish of all Society Members, and so it, again, could have the option of being sent electronically. I can print out what I want and leave the rest in cyber space! It's a bit more of a cost to me, but honestly, I think it's something that a responsible scientist could handle. Or, I could just get the printed version and be happy with that!
But like the NSS News online archive at http://www.karstportal.org/taxonomy/term/948, it seems the JCKS material may also be intentionally "delayed" by about a year before being published online.
NZcaver wrote:Cheryl, I believe John was asking how to opt out of the printed Member's Manual and have it sent electronically instead. The member change of info form only shows instructions for opting out of the JCKS.
scrambler wrote:I definitely do NOT want to stoke any fires concerning what the NSS is to each individual--this varies for each person and their focused interest(s).
I agree with Jeff and that the original question was never answered. I've read many posts now that say they want the news in print. Well, just so folks hear both sides, I don't. I've dropped my membership level so I specifically do NOT get the News. Nothing against it, I think reading it is a blast, but what do I do with it afterwards? I have stack and stacks and stacks of NSS News and no where to put them. As my mom would say, "they're just collecting dust." (the same goes for other magazine publications...ie National Geographic, etc). While at some point I *may* thumb through them again, for the most part, they are read once and then placed in a stack. Thankfully for now, I have friends who do get the News and so I still get to read it, but without the hassle of trying to find a good place to donate them later.
Cheryl Jones wrote:It's supposed to be available online as soon after it is published as possible, unless the rule has changed (haven't seen a Board act to that affect.) I don't know what the current delay is in getting out the recent issues. I asked back at the beginning of the month, but have not yet received an answer.
Teresa wrote:So, don't donate them. Recycle them. We get piles of slick mags that eventually go out on Thursday with the other single stream recycling. I work on a computer all day, and would rather read other stuff on paper. No biggie. If your town/trash service doesn't have recycling...why not gift them to a local school library?
Plus, what is the NSS paying KIP to do this? It might be a "finals week" kind of delay...
Jeff Bartlett wrote:The original question remains unanswered.
Sure, maybe the majority of the membership would prefer a print newsletter -- those of you who don't want no stinkin' fancy electronical newsletter can hold your fire, since it's irrelevant to the point -- and, after all, it is nice to have something tangible for our annual dues.
But what it even 5% of a ~10,000 member population opted into a monthly PDF? Wouldn't 500 fewer copies to print and 500 fewer copies to mail, per month, save the Society about a bajillion* dollars annually? Have any of you looked at how much it costs to print and ship things these days?
* this financial figure is an estimate
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