We need a way for our most-active and motivated members to share ideas and plan the future of SpokenWord.org. As 20th-century as it may sound, I think the best way is via an email/discussion list. Normally I’d just create one in Google Groups or Yahoo! Groups, but I’d like to link the subscriber list to our membership database. This would allow members to opt into (or out of) the group from the SpokenWord.org web site. As far as I can tell, neither Yahoo! nor Google have an API suitable for this.
What’s the best alternative? Python Mailman is a well-tested package, but I don’t think it’s particularly easy to link to our membership database in MySQL. What other choices are there?