This is ONE OF 4 responses to VC 17 John 15 ("Ebb and Flow")...
I like the idea of being able to link up to the server unit and either upload or download all of the changes. This does however increase the complexity of the programing, not to mention that there are some in the group that would have to purchase modems and learn to use them.
All of this is not unsurmountable, but it does require some thought.
Though you would not be able to go to the mail box to receive your xmas gifts every month, you would be able to tap into them on the computer with some regularity. You could limit the access time to the server and in so doing provide a form of deadline, for the next issue or volume.
Although some conversations might leap forward, so would all of our phone bills. This is not a major point, but it bodes looking into.
More thoughts on exactly what I would like Archipelago to do at a later date.