Topics Discussion Group - Digest #1 #Help

Ina Getzoff

I am torn between liking the new format and wanting to go back to the old format but am willing to wait and see how this will work out. As Nicole has pointed out-more members seem to like the new format over the old.

Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla.

Dominique Anderson

Given the large number of people who have complained about the new system  without giving specific feedback, I’d like to say this: yes there are glitches, but any new large project such as this one can be expected to have several updates before it operates the ways it was conceived. And in my opinion, it is doing very well considering its very recent launch. Kudos to the people who are putting it together! 🥇It is an enormous task and you are doing an amazing job. 

To the people who are dissatisfied, I’d like to say: please be patient and please do your part: send SPECIFIC feedback, give details of what is not working the way it it supposed to without complaining. Be part of the quality control team that brings the project to completion. Yes you can greatly contribute, even if you know zip about computers! 

This organization is made entirely of people who know what they’re doing, they’ve demonstrated it again and again. Don’t doubt them, don’t be critical, don’t add to the aggravation. When you run into one of the infamous glitches, grind your teeth and/or swear if you have to (I do!), get yourself a cup of your favorite coffee and/or a cookie, send your feedback to this team of magicians and sit tight. They will deliver the goods! In the meantime, let’s give them a hand!! 👏👏👏

Dominique Anderson

Murray Sperber

As a retired optometrist research has shown that black on white, i.e., greater contrast, improves visualization of text.  Additionally, as we age a larger font would also make it easier to read the text.
Murray S. Sperber, O. D.
Los Angeles, CA


I find the formatting for this new type of posting to be distracting and uncoordinated.  I'm sorry to say so, because I've been an ardent reader since inception of the former discussion groups...and that's a lot of years and viewing. My method was to scan down the 'table of contents', and pay attention to subject matter. Then, I'd scroll through the various postings, primarily looking for words/content of interest such as surnames and communities which I am personally interested in.  The format was even, well spaced and subject pertaining - and any time I spent on it was deliberate.  It was truly 'a joy' to be able to go online and communicate internationally - after so many years of searching in other manners (since circa 1972).

With the new format, I find the colorings to be distracting, the spacing to be awkward, the icons irritating....and in general, the entire thing is difficult to scroll through systematically.  Disorder and poor spacing are very irritating to me, personally.

I completely prefer the former systems and postings, being able to zero in on my personal choices, and to briefly skim irrelevant posts to my family searches.  There was order and conformity to it all...and I miss that!

As an active genealogist,  small group discussion presenter locally, and 'keeper' of a very large email address book of interested individuals, I am sorry that I can no longer forward individual preference postings by geographic area to my mailing lists.  People really appreciated and commented on being able to 'zero in' on Hungarian or Polish or ------ readings, and now it is scattered and disorienting.

Thank you for the efforts of the site originators, but the new format 'does nothing for me'.
Judie Cynkus Rice
JGSLA former area coordinator for So.Bay/LongBeach/near OC communities


Eva Lawrence

I was able to change the size of the messages in the Digest by right-clicking and choosing Zoom. The Digest became much easier to read. Also, my Digest arrives with blue base and header - perhaps the green one isn't due to Jewishgen, but to your email programme..
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.