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Do you want Sidecarist via snail mail or email??????

How would you like to receive the Sidecarist magazine?
I like getting the print magazine delivered by the Post Office even if it is slower.
I want my Sidecarist e-magazine hot off the press to my email account.
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I, too spend part of the year away from home so mail is an issue.  I'd welcome an email version.  Could it be an option for those who don't want print?


Mark Nelson #6473

Why not both on-line and mail?

Have a link to an on-line version and let people opt-out of [or opt-in to] mail version?


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2011 R1200GS + EML CT2001

Both versions are pretty easy to accommodate from a software point of view but there is an issue with costs.  The issue isn't the cost of software to develop a digital version, that's relatively cheap [depending on how much manual stuff is involved].  Part of our cost for printing and mailing is based on volume.  If we convert a sizable number members to digital, our cost for printing will, at some point, go up.  Does that lead to a two-tiered membership price? That's something for the Board to decide, hopefully with member input.

The elephant in the room is controlled access.  We should obviously make access to The Sidecarist a "members only" thing since it's the principal benefit of membership.  That means the installation of a piece of software to do that.  We can control access manually now for things like access to the [now unused] Board Forum.  It's not reasonable to do manually for all members and non-members.  We discussed the installation of a software component that would help automate membership creation and renewal along with a couple of other things and it would provide the access control needed to make this work. That's a big project and I'm trying to get out of this job.  I've been doing it for ages and I'm not going to start a big new project.  

So.... Any volunteers out there who want to take over the website and work on installing and maintaining these two new software projects?

Al Olme Minneapolis, Minnesota

I prefer mail. I take old issues of magazines I get to my Doctors offices. 

2015 Ural Patrol, 1980 R65, 1982 R65 original owner, 1975 R 90/6, 1959 TR3A Triumph Don
Quote from J.R. Lewis on January 30, 2022, 12:46 pm

I want mine by mail. I share it with other people....

Same here.  Although I personally might read it online, I prefer the option the share the print version of The Sidecarist with other people.

Lee / Summer Grove, Louisiana: Ural cT, CJ750, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L, GTV300

prefer mail, I find taking my lap top to the bath room and having it teetering on my knees a little cumbersome. 

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Only want it by mail; I do not like reading info on the computer; much prefer being able to take my time and thoroughly read something that I can go back to over and over if necessary. 

My 2 cents.  I am in charge of another club with a monthly newsletter, to several hundred people in the USA and Canada.  We had a combination of both email and snail mail.  This past year our cost of printing 15 sheets in color skyrocketed and it was going to cost about $100 a year per member to receive the newsletter.  Everyone chose to go the email route, except for a single member who chose snail mail and paid the rate.

All good?  I am in Arizona this month and the WiFi connection is horrible, taking nearly an hour to just download the newsletter.  It was finally sent out.  Now all I need to do is find out where to mail the single snail mail item!  That address is apparently still at home.

I was a member for years with another club but when that cost went to $100 for a printed newsletter four times a year I dropped out.

So, knowing what all is involved with a monthly newsletter and the USCA cost is reasonable for each of us, I would say keep sending it via snail mail.

Gary Shearer

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1bmwmcDave Skudlarek

I still prefer a hard copy by mail. I think that the quality of the Sidecarist Magazine is spectacular and I love showing it off to friends and family so they can see the wonderful family that we have.. (beyond my own rig)

Electronic version is nice, but nowadays we have so much on on phones and computers. It's good to actually look forward to getting something in the mailbox other than junk.

Other problems with the electronic version that was possibly eluded too was access and unlawful sharing.  What's the point of wanting to becoming a member if you can get all your material for free?

Membership is more than just paying dues for a printed magazine.  Membership is a chance at networking and keeping track of our fellow hacks- the few and the proud.

Let's keep them running and ride safe.

-Chris Pachuta (Phila, PA)


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