PPAA Communication – Emailing Lists

WordPress Or MailChimp?

For legacy reasons, PPAA are currently feeding two, separate emailing lists. One, by WordPress, is associated with the website Notice Board & Blog, and subscribers are notified of every new article on that page – typically one, or two per month. These articles include all PPAA Committee minutes, as well as other news and feature items. To subscribe, all that need be done is to enter one’s email address into the box to the right of screen here – or at the foot of scroll on a phone – and to click on “subscribe”. When alerts for new articles are received, the facility to reply by email may be offered. Please remember that this will publish a post on the blog, but not directly contact the PPAA Committee! The linked page just shown should be used for that purpose if you are a WordPress and not a MailChimp subscriber.

So, there is also the MailChimp list, and its overseer selects what is distributed. That is a separate job from posting on the website – usually done by a different person – and it may not happen at the same time. However, in general, that list now does not carry anything, which does not also appear on the WordPress one. Sometimes though, it may omit some blog general interest items, and it is possible that some subscribers would prefer this. Previously, new plot holders were only expressly invited to join this list, and in principle it might occasionally carry items which PPAA Committee judged inappropriate for the open-to-all WordPress list. That is why the invitation on the website front page has now been changed away from MailChimp. That said, it is not easy to envisage what might be shared with over a hundred followers – who just happened to be PPA plot holders – but not with a wider group of followers, especially when that sub-group of plot holders does not account for anything like all of them!

There is also apparently less surveillance – effectively none, even – with the WordPress list. It does not push the use of Read Receipts for instance, and its members also have the facility to be notified of replies to their comments, if they tick that box when posting.

In view of these facts, some MailChimp subscribers may wish to change to the WordPress list, or vice-versa. It is simplicity itself to unsubscribe from one, and to subscribe to the other, and it is completely open to all plot holders to do this – should they wish. See the table below to subscribe to MailChimp.

PPAA Committee are presently discussing the rationalisation of such communication channels, but no decision has as yet been taken on this point.

Comparison Table

WordPress Subscriber ListMailChimp Mailing List
How to subscribeEnter email address in website box – to right or foot of page – and click “subscribe” – open to all.Follow this link – open to PPA plot holders.
ContentCarries every article on PPA website Notice Board and Blog page – which generally includes all MailChimp messages. It always carries the minutes.Carries PPAA Committee minutes and other formal announcements plus news. May omit some general interest items featured on the website Notice Board. In principle may carry some items judged unsuitable for the website – but hard to envisage what they might be, and that has not intentionally been done to date.
Effect of replyPublishes a comment on the website in reply to the article notified by the email. Subscribers may also opt to be notified of other commenters’ replies.Replies to PPAA Committee email account.
SurveillanceDoes not gather marketing etc. information nor use read receipts.Gathers subscriber information, e.g. uses read receipts to compile effectiveness data etc.
How to unsubscribeFollow “unsubscribe” in the email.Follow “unsubscribe” in the email.