So long email chains, we hardly knew ye

Never been a big fan of email chains (iblamebricker) and now there is a better alternative.

 

Here is the message posted to the CPD facebook group today:

Hi everyone! I’ve got some big news for the debate community:
As email chains have become the norm, they have become increasingly clunky. It’s cumbersome to organize chains, find old rounds, and set them up quickly. Nevermind when a panel and onlookers want to be included.

To solve this issue I’ve built a free, secure service for managing files in debate rounds: PocketBox http://www.pocketbox.net/
Using PocketBox is easy: to make a new round, give it a name and click on the “Make a New Room” button (example: “Round 1 NDT: West Georgia vs. Northwestern). Once you’ve made a new room, there will be a 6-character code on the screen that you can give to everyone else in the round by writing it on a writeboard, emailing, texting, etc. Then, they just have to type the code into the homepage and press “Go to Existing Room”. Once people are in the room, they can upload files and see the files others have uploaded, in chronological order. This way, everyone has fast access to speech docs people upload.

Using PocketBox is easy: to make a new round, give it a name and click on the “Make a New Room” button (example: “Round 1 NDT: West Georgia vs. Northwestern). Once you’ve made a new room, there will be a 6-character code on the screen that you can give to everyone else in the round by writing it on a writeboard, emailing, texting, etc. Then, they just have to type the code into the homepage and press “Go to Existing Room”. Once people are in the room, they can upload files and see the files others have uploaded, in chronological order. This way, everyone has fast access to speech docs people upload.

On the local dallas circuit, we’ve found that this tool gives teams significantly more prep time, as instead of setting up the email chain, they just write the code on the board and start prepping. It is also completely free and will stay that way.

Please tell me what you think šŸ˜‰.

Thanks,
Thomas

This has a lot of upside but here is the one that jumped out to me- people who aren’t involved in the debate or come late to the round can jump right into the speech docs and get them all (even for speeches they missed) without hassling the people involved by just getting the number. Instead of emailing people to get speech docs you can just get the number.

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One response to “So long email chains, we hardly knew ye

  1. This sounds promising – I wonder if it could be integrated into tabroom. Every time a round is created, a pocketbox room could be automatically created with the room code displayed on the tabroom round pairing.

    Does pocketbox keep files/rooms up forever, or do they get deleted after a certain amount of time?

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