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

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Sat Oct 21 05:44:15 CEST 2006

On Fri, 20 Oct 2006, Roman Haefeli wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-10-20 at 00:43 -0400, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:

> i can't see your point here. first, why whould people want to use a 
> forum rather than the mailinglist, if you can access much more people 
> through the mailinglist?

Just because the web is the web and is equated with cool. Also many 
webforums have extensive facilities for making smileys that appear as 
icons. That's what's important.

That said, email programs are generally bad by not having a mode 
for displaying a thread of small emails on the same screen with a 
scrollbar; and email is generally bad because mailing-lists are 
full of people who not only do top-posting but also can't care 
about just quoting the part of the email that they're replying to. 
Top-posting is not much of a problem here, the problem is just the 
pollution by reams of pages that an email program wouldn't know 
how to summarize to you. Because of this it's easy to find a thread 
containing essentially 42 copies of the same email. Webboards may have 
less harmful defaults.

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