Cortes Connects

What is this?

This is a group email system for Cortes Island - a single "ecosystem" for group emails on Cortes that is AD-FREE and DOES NOT TRACK YOU IN ANY WAY. Any number of email subgroups can be created, private or public, organized around neighbourhoods, organizations, projects, interests, you name it!

Check out the current list of subgroups - want to start your own? Email

Why should you use it?

Better than Facebook:

More people use email than Facebook. And many people are actually trying to get off of Facebook and limit their social media time. Facebook tracks your every click and opinion. This email system does not track users and has no advertising.

Easier and more democratic than manually managing a group email list:

Sending an email to yourself and Bcc'ing everyone on your list has a good chance of ending up in a recipient's spam folder these days. With this email group system, people can add and delete themselves at will, so you never have to worry about keeping an accurate list, or annoying someone because they asked to be taken off.  Also, subscribers can choose to receive every single email individually, or they can be bundled into daily or weekly summaries. Subscribers can also view the archives on the web and interact with the list that way as well.

How does it work?

Working with others on something? Sending out announcements to people? Everybody knows how to use email, but it gets messy with groups, yes?

STOP with the cc'ing and bcc'ing for group emails! Instead of trying to manage a list of emails in your "To", "cc" or "Bcc" field, use this service and 1 email address for your subgroup. You can create or join as many subgroups as you want and they will be listed here under the menu item "Subgroups " (or not) and the email archives will be viewable to members of your subgroup (or to anyone who is using Cortes Connects if you choose). You, or someone in your subgroup, moderates the list (ie. adding people, info, etc)

This top level of Cortes Connects "" is the parent group (moderated & announcement-only) and all the subgroups are children. You're automatically in the parent group when you join a subgroup. From there, you can join any other subgroup. You can also choose to receive every email message sent out, or you can choose to get a Daily Digest. You can just interact with this system via email, or through the web interface, plus there are many of other features and NO advertising or tracking.

Members Manual:
Moderators Manual:

Still don't know what this is? You can email the helper elf at

Community Rules of Engagement

Please join with your real full name and email address to own everything that you express here. Please put kindness first, even when you have a differing opinion from someone else. Groups or messages that contain personal attacks will be denied and removed and repeated abuse will result in being permanently banned. Feel like someone is contravening kindness? Email

Want One?

Nifty, right? Do you need a group email list for some kind of thing you're organizing on Cortes? Just fill in this form!

Who runs this thing?

Like many other things on Cortes, this is a community service maintained by a volunteer, Ayton Novak, who wants to help facilitate communication and community organizing. He spent 10x longer configuring this thing than anticipated, so yeah, there's going to be some misconfigurations, so let him know and also if you have any questions at or

Who paid for this thing?

The volunteer elf, Ayton, who maintains this thing is immensely grateful to "The MicroGrants for Neighbours Program" that is funding the annual renewal cost for this platform subscription (from Jul-2021 to Jun-2022).

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