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ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Mon Mar 7 16:42:54 CST 2005
> Yes, a web forum would be Different and All, but at least it
> throws away all this haggling about list traffic and MX debugging.
> A little LAMP server, a little postNuke, we could be up in minutes.
> Yes, I know it would require a modern web browser. Is this the
It would certainly get rid of me, and a fair few others, I suspect.
The reasons are simple :
1) The major advantage of a mailing list is that you read it off-line.
You can take as long as you need to look things up, take machines apart
to check things, asn so (yus, I do do that to answer questions here). I
would not want to do that if I was paying for the time (which I would be
if it was a web-based forum).
2) None of my machines can run a modern web browser. If you want me to
run one, then you can get me a machine, you can get me a house extension
to house it, and you can maintain it for as long as I want to use it. I'm
quite happy with the machines I've got, thank you. Yes, I'd miss this
list, but I think I could live without it...
3) Web-based fora seem to attract a lot more off-topic garbage than
mailing lists. I suspect we'd be overrun with XP questions within a week
4) I can keep an archive on my own machine of postings that interest me
(read : apply to machines I'm restoring). That way I can read them at all
times (telephone changes are generaly too high for me to dial in during
the working day).
> Civil War re-enactor list? Are my buttons and hardtack not
> authentic enough? Why the emotional attraction to a mailing list
> as opposed to the web?
It's not an emotioanl attraction. I just don't believe that a more modern
solution is necessarily superior to that which it claims to replace in
all cases -- which is why I use film-based cameras (for all I can see the
advantage of digial for, say, press photography), why I use a
command-line user interface, why I draw schematics by hand (I'll use a
CAD system when I find one that actually _aids_ rather than hinders me),
and why I prefre mailing lists to web fora for things like this.
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