[PD] and it's PR/Marketing, or those

Frank Barknecht fbar at footils.org
Fri Oct 20 12:34:43 CEST 2006

Hans-Christoph Steiner hat gesagt: // Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:

> >I think you have a really good point. How can we improve this
> >situation and make the list friendlier?
> Hehe, good luck with that one, we are a grumpy and stubborn group!  I  
> think a forum would be more successful.

The term "more sucessful" is open for interpretation. One thing that a
forum would not be sucessful in would be to drag over me to use it a
lot. I guess some others also don't like to use web based forums
(IOhannes?). I just prefer writing mails in Vim and with Mutt over
having to visit a website with a browser and then fight with HTML
textareas. It's just too complicated for me.

Another difference between lists and forums is the push vs. pull
nature: mailing lists get delivered to you, a forum has to be visited.
That might be why some people are more annoyed by a mailing list in
general: mails may unconciously be viewed as a nuisance because we all
already get so many of them. Also in a web-forum threads are much more
clearly devided and they are more anonymous. The famous "newbie" could
even have a special "newbie-quesiton-account". Of course this is
possible with mailing lists as well, but more work.

I guess the only real solution would be to have a mailing list
software which doubles as a configurable forum - like the old mailing
list to NNTP-news gateways. 

 Frank Barknecht                 _ ______footils.org_ __goto10.org__

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