[OpenIndiana-discuss] Help with website
doug at will.to
Tue Oct 11 12:54:20 UTC 2011
On 10/11/2011 6:10 AM, Dmitry Kozhinov wrote:
> > doesn't "pull" let them manage their own time better?
> Yes. This is why my vote is for forum, not mailing list.
I've stayed out of this thread thus far, and probably will going
forward, but I vastly prefer mail lists and I think the above is a
non-argument. Forums do not allow better time management by any
objective means. In a mail list, I am equally capable of sending all of
the mail list to a folder, or not, threaded in my mail reader, or not,
as I choose, and I can read them whenever I want. If I see a topic pop
up that interests me, I can read it then, or not. I can make agile
changes in my interests easily.
Forums have one major failing for me: Out of sight is out of mind.
If I have to go to a website, login (maybe it has cookies, maybe it
doesn't; maybe it does and I don't want the website to remember my
password!) then find the thread or topic where I left off, which will
take a few clicks or more depending upon how long it has been. Mail
messages are all right there, and I only need to go to the most recent
undeleted or unread one with less effort.
But, there is also a tradeoff in volume. If a mail list starts receiving
100s of messages a day it becomes less useful and it might as well be a
forum. Linux kernel development lists come to mind. Those would be more
useful as a forum. There are very few topics in there that actually
might interest me and the flood of mail makes it a chore. OI is a
smallish mail list (aside from this thread!) so managing the (normally)
20 messages that come in in a day is easier in my inbox.
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