Web forums vs mailing list (was Re: minor list changes)
vrs at msn.com
Mon Mar 7 09:21:43 CST 2005
From: "Vintage Computer Festival" <vcf at siconic.com>
> > Given the task at hand, given the needs of the users, given the
> > recently described hassles, is mailing-list technology the best
> > design and solution for this task?
> I prefer the flow and linearity of a mailing list. I like to consume
> everything and discard what I don't care for. With a web forum, it's more
> difficult to keep track of new messages being posted. And with the
> incredible level of topic drift here, it's not entirely evident what's
> being discussed in any particular thread based on the title. You might
> miss something you would be interested in or be helpful with.
What Sellam said!
> Find a web forum that acts like a mailing list and I'll buy in ;)
Another thing I like about the list: I read mail locally (as opposed to a
drain-bamaged web interface). As a side effect, my mail folders contain an
edited local "mirror" of the cctalk and cctech lists. Which comes in mighty
handy when I need to find something, even if my ISP or the list is
out-to-lunch at the moment.
Also, if I wanted a web interface, couldn't I just go to the archives (and
post through a web email interface)?
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