|By Dave Crockett
LDS-Gems Announces Major Change
Dave Crockett 7Jan99
ANNOUNCING LDS-GEMS IMPROVEMENTS!
From David Crockett and David Kenison
We started LDS-Gems in 1996 with the vision of helping members and friends
of the Church receive information and stay in touch with each other
through inspirational stories, historical information, and news. In the
three years that have passed since that time, we've grown from a hundred
initial subscribers to almost 30,000; and our growth rate continues to
accelerate. We're thrilled with the progress the list has made, and the
chance it's afforded us to share the joy of the Gospel via the Internet.
However, the time and energy to operate and maintain a list of this size
also increased dramatically making it more and more difficult for us to do
it as a "hobby" while supporting our families in our full-time jobs. In
addition, the "growing pains" of the list have introduced problems in
operation that have at times been frustrating for our subscribers, such as
Recently, we've been presented with an opportunity that will enable us not
only to continue the work we started with LDS-Gems, but also to greatly
expand and improve the service we offer. And we'll have the chance to be
a part of a larger effort which we believe will contribute even more
significantly to an inspiring, gospel-centered environment on the
As you may know, Infobase (pioneer of electronic Gospel publishing) joined
with Bookcraft (prominent LDS book publisher) in 1997 with Alan Ashton
(founder of WordPerfect) as the Chairman and principal owner of the
combined company. The Infobase division of Bookcraft is now launching one
of the most exciting efforts on the Web, called "LDSWorld.com" - committed
to extending worldwide the legacy of gospel knowledge pioneered by
Bookcraft and Infobase. As we discussed that vision with Alan Ashton and
other key people in the companies, we were excited to see ways that
LDS-Gems would fit in with their vision. They were very interested in
helping us expand and accelerate our efforts with LDS-Gems as well as
involving us in other aspects of the LDSWorld.com plans. Over a period of
several weeks, we carefully discussed a relationship that would enable us
to continue to offer the service we've given to LDS-Gems, while at the
same time being involved in further development beneficial to LDS members.
The arrangements are now formalized; both of us have left our previous
employment and are working full-time with Alan and his team at
LDSWorld.com, which now includes LDS-Gems.
WHAT WILL *NOT* CHANGE
The impact of this change should be very minor to you, our subscribers.
In particular, know that these things will NOT change:
- - Your cost. LDS-Gems was founded as a FREE service to subscribers, and
it will stay that way; there will be no charge for LDS-Gems, and you're
not required to purchase any product or subscribe to any other
- - Our quality. We started the list with the mission to provide positive,
uplifting, inspiring information related to the Church. We will continue
to do that. The quality and content of our messages will not decline; in
fact, we have plans for many improvements. For example, the columnists we
are introducing are a result of our new relationship.
- - Your privacy. When you sign up for LDS-Gems, that's all you're getting.
Your e-mail address will not be used for any other purpose by us or by our
sponsors. Our subscriber list will never be sold to any other company or
advertiser, and will not be used by the new company for any other purpose.
We'll carefully safeguard your privacy!
WHAT WILL CHANGE
As you may have noticed from this message, LDS-Gems has moved from the
"xmission.com" server where we have been hosted for almost three years, to
a new home at the "LDSWorld.com" server. Our new name will be
"LDSWorld-Gems." There are some significant benefits for us and our
subscribers that will come from our new host:
- - Efficiency of delivery. The software we'll be using, called "listserv,"
is more robust and reliable than the "majordomo" that we've been using up
to now. This should take care of delays in delivery, duplicated messages,
- - Improved functionality: The new software will enable you to
"personalize" the mail delivery - one of the most requested enhancements
to LDS-Gems. In the near future, you'll be able to specify which of our
messages you want to receive. Further info coming soon!
- - Increased security: We've always been careful to guard the privacy of
our subscribers, and assure that our list of names is not "stolen" or
"borrowed" to be used for unsolicited mail or unwanted advertising. The
new server improves our ability to safeguard the list.
We'll be sharing more information in the near future about the benefits of
our new environment - please stay tuned! If you are receiving
LDSWorld-Gems mail normally, you do NOT need to respond to this message.
More information will be coming soon.
You're already subscribed to the new list; you don't need to change a
thing. These are the commands for joining or leaving the list, for your
- - To join LDSWorld-Gems on the new server, send a message to
"email@example.com" with the words "subscribe ldsworld-gems"
(without quotes) in the message body.
- - To leave LDSWorld-Gems on the new server, send a message to
"firstname.lastname@example.org" with the words "unsubscribe ldsworld-gems"
(without quotes) in the message body.
Thanks for your support and encouragement!
Dave Kenison and Dave Crockett