After describing the different services of FROGNET, we will try to draw some conclusions which could help people interested in launching such a network.
The largest service, FROGNEWS, and by far the most popular, is the daily news in French. A summary of the news, together with a press review and a text describing some of the subtleties of the French language is sent every day to over 7,000 subscribers using the listserv program provided by CREN (firstname.lastname@example.org). The news consists of written versions of a radio broadcast of "Radio France Internationale" which makes it possible to offer this service while staying within a very limited budget (versus writing our own journal).
FROGJOBS is a more limited (1,400 subscribers) but also a very popular service. It is specifically aimed at French scientific researchers desiring to return to France and find a job. A weekly magazine on the job situation in research labs is sent to the subscribers. Members also have access to an efficient question and answer service.
FROGMAG is a more recent initiative. It is a monthly electronic journal, the community journal, realized by the members of the net. Managed by a permanent committee, it permits members to publish articles of general interest.
Lastly, FRENCHTALK is an open forum of discussions. Less than 500 persons are currently on the FRENCHTALK list. Due to the sometimes astonishing rate of discussions ( on some occasions as many as tens of messages a day, followed by a quiet period), people get on and off the list simply to get a flavor of the discussions.
Four conclusions can be drawn for people interested in developing a similar community: