in the privacy of home, if we so desire. Simply said, get and give. With no commercial or commonfloor interference [pun intended]!
This can be done by having our own EXCLUSIVE weblog – call it a website or a blog. And ABSOLUTELY FREE!! Or if we want to be ABSOLUTELY EXCLUSIVE with a domain extension like .IN or .CO, it may cost us a ‘royal’ sum of Rs.99/- per year. Yes, per year.
This weblog, under the control and command of BOM can have pages like,
- By Laws / AGM minutes
- Burning Topics [participation open to all ‘registered’ owners of JVV]
- Who is who [JVV Directory]
The home page can have the Names and Pictures of BOM with important telephone numbers.
Pages need not be limited but participation in terms of comments etc can be restricted to only JVVians.
The BOM can have an INTERNAL DISCUSSION page that is password protected and available only for BOM members.
Now the million dollar question is who is going to maintain this weblog?
Simple, I am sure all the members of BOM are familiar with PC systems and basic internet and hence NO EXTERNAL help may be required. Or, I am sure, tech savy inmates like Manish Shaw or Wg Cdr Thomas Varghese or many others can help out.
Or, yours truly, though living in the far off mountains (not yet become a saint or sanyasi) can volunteer as a tribute to the great JVV.
The future is in DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY. Let us grab it. For FREE!!
Email to every flat owner
Concerning emails and connecting all JVVians….
I feel like pulling out the hair on my head [though, unfortunately not much is left]. In this age of advanced internet technology, we still seem to live in a frustrating situation.
The ‘official agency‘ responsible for this, in my opinion, is the BOM, ie., Secretary and/or the Estate Manager with the email ID of “firstname.lastname@example.org” . We do not get important emails/notifications because the Sec/EM, probably assumes that by sending the email to a few groups like email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org, or JVV-BLRemail@example.com, everybody is informed.
NOT SO. Many apartment owners may not be members of any one of these groups mainly because of emails getting repeated with the addtions/opinions of the ‘learned lot’ who forget that there is a ‘delete’ key that can be effectively used when they add their own gyan [opinion and comments] on any topic under the sun.
All that the Secetary/EM has to do is to send the intended information/notification to INDIVIDUAL apartment owner to the specific email ID which he/she has given to the office/registered with commonfloor, by including them in BCC [Blind Carbon Copy] when sending the email to the above mentioned groups. Yes, for the first time, this would be a bit of ‘tedious typing of the addresses’ since there may be 540 email IDs [at the max]in BCC. But, the next time, GMAIL , yahoo mail, hotmail etc will take care by popping up ‘suggested’ addresses/email IDs.
I am suggesting BCC instead of CC [Carbon Copy] because CC addressee is visible to ‘all’ while BCC addressees are hidden. So the second time the email is sent to any group, if the sec/em takes care to add everyone under BCC, the same will reach every one with NO INDIVIDUAL MAIL ID BEING MADE PUBLIC. This avoids unnecessary exposure and unsolicited spam.
There are many more ‘sophisticated’ means and methods of reaching out each and every JVVian, provided, the ‘individuals’ are interested in being inclusive and not complain that they are receiving unwanted/repeat ‘doses’ of the same emails with a comment added here and there. If any one is interested, many alternatives can be suggested.
By the way, a small suggestion to ‘individuals’ – have you ever thought of having an exclusive email ID like jvv001 or jvv01 or jvv1 for Flat No.1 and so on? My ID is firstname.lastname@example.org ( as my Flat # is 23. Similar to what we have in case of BSNL centrix telephone number[2001 for flat no.1]?
Dear JP-Sir,The very idea behind the formation of JVV common floor was to have some kind of common official forum where all the official matters related to JVV can be discussed thread-bare without fear or favor. However, unfortunately while most members have registered to the group, there are several members who haven’t registered and miss out on important communication.At the same time, this forum should not be used for discussing other matters not related to JVV. There are other groups like email@example.com, where people are welcome to discuss any matters under the sun. I used to be a part of that group earlier, but very soon I discovered that i’m not able to keep up with the number of topics being discussed on that forum and that i won’t lose much sleep by not reading those topics of discussions so i had opted out.Also, I see that several important discussions regarding water-tank and society registration are being discussed on the unofficial forums without ever making it to the official forum created for the benefit of the society. I’ve also observed that whenever a new BOM is constituted, they come with their own new mindset and it takes time for them to implement the official communications systems that was so effectively set up by AVM Thusu a few years back when we signed up withcommonfloor.com website.One possible remedy is to add the official communication mechanism to the bye-laws of the society and make everybody abide by the same including preventing of spam emails. The centrex number-scheme can also be amended to the bye-laws. However, getting a consensus amongst this group is next to impossible :-)Creating a separate email id only for JVV communications does not scale well, as people might never check their jvv email ids unless it is their primary email.Regards,ManishC-345, JVV