Thanks for the clarification. Just to clarify our end: We don’t expect users to sign up for Medium. We’re using the platform because it is easy to use and looks good. As we mentioned above, we discovered some limitations in the Aillio website backend that forced our hand to look elsewhere, at least temporarily. The statement you see at the bottom encouraging you to register is automatically generated by Medium. The fact that it is Medium isn’t important, it’s just a space for articles. www.aillio.com/getting-started points at Medium now but may not in the future. We provide direct links in all our newsletters and from our website to all of the relevant Medium articles. This is where we expect you to access them from.
We also need to point out that we are limited by GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation. In order to send out newsletters we have to have your specific consent to do so. Some of the email addresses we collected were not collected according to GDPR guidelines so we had to erase them from the list. Before we did this we emailed everyone to let them know we would need to do this, but not everyone re-registered. This happened last year in May around the time GDPR was being enforced. I can’t say for sure if that is why you didn’t receive the newsletter, but it is a possibility. Another (more likely) one is that they have been sending to your Spam folder.
I want to look into whether there is some other problem, though, just in case. Can you send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the mail you used to sign up? Maybe we can check our list to see…
“So, where does a non-Facebook person obtain a copy of the Newsletter from Saturday?” – The website already has all of the information contained in the newsletter under the ‘Support’ section, so regularly visiting the website would lead you to the same articles.
If you sign up for the newsletter you may notice that there is a link to the archive of newsletters. We’ve considered posting this link to the archive directly on the site, maybe that would help out those looking to dig for past info. The thing is… given how much Aillio has evolved, a lot of that info isn’t relevant and could confuse people, and we already have so much info on the site. ( https://us7.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=d3e63b3e46104e3c90a9cdfaa&id=2110fd83bc )
Look at it from our perspective too. Assuming someone doesn’t sign up for the newsletter (I realize you did try to…) and we can’t email them, they don’t email us, they don’t check the website (where some Medium articles have already been posted for 6 months), and they don’t use Facebook, then I’m not sure what else we can do? I don’t feel like we are relying on Facebook to spread information, to be frank. We’re doing our best to spread it far and wide via other means, including participation in this community. I know there are plans for Roast.World to have some sort of Newsfeed in the future… maybe that would help some.
That said I’m really glad you shared your experience with us, it gives us another perspective and maybe we can figure out something new…