Voluntary "Subscriptions" to the Bulletin on the Web

May 5, 2000
For the past couple of years, a relatively small group of individuals has been receiving e-mail notification as soon as the Web version of the Bulletin is available, which usually occurs on Thursday mornings, or at least by noon. Recipients of e-mail notification include authors of articles, University of Illinois Extension offices, and people who paid for a Web subscription during the first year it was available. Now we would like to extend this convenient feature to a lot more people. It's nice to receive the notification because all you have to do is click on the designated Web address to be launched to the front page of the Bulletin. In the near future, these notifications will contain two- to three-sentence synopses for each article so that you can scan the articles, look for ones that are of interest to you, and click to be sent directly to that article. The synopses also will be a quick overview of all the contents of that issue of the Bulletin.

During the next few weeks, we will be placing some information at the Web site inviting you to voluntarily "subscribe" to the Web version of the Bulletin. You will be asked to answer a few questions, taking no more than a couple of minutes of your time. If you go through this voluntary procedure and provide your e-mail address and some other information, you will be added to the list of automatic notifications of availability of the Bulletin. We assure you that the information we gather will be considered private and will not be given to others. In addition to automatic notification about the Bulletin, you will have an opportunity to receive notification about other Extension materials and events, if you choose. You may also elect not to answer the questions.

In a future issue of this Bulletin, I will revisit this process, especially after we have received some feedback. In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.--Kevin Steffey

Author: Kevin Steffey