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> From: Seth Brundle [mailto:brundlefly76@stripped]
> Hmmmm...seems like some Yahoo! employee has never used
> Yahoo! Groups ;)
I know a lot of people who refuse to use Yahoo Groups because of Yahoo's
Most of the other combination web discussion board/mailing list systems I've
seen are not very good at doing mail. They're web chat boards with mail
notification tacked on.
> If every package I used involved a mailing list for discussion, I would
need to track
> about 40 of them.
How will web boards help? It's easier for me to glance through a stack of
email folders (sorted by my mail rules) than it is for me to visit a bunch
of web sites every day. Between logging in to each one individually,
waiting for sluggish page loads, and digging through all the nested
discussion folders it's just too time-consuming. It's much better for me to
have my mail client collect everything in one spot for me.
> Email is ok for thread tracking if subject integrity is
> maintained, but most
> email clients cant reliably collapse and expand threads.
Microsoft Outlook seems to do it well. Are you telling me no one but
Microsoft has been able to get this right?
> Sorry, I didnt realize that I didnt need to subscribe to post - but again,
> this is one of those rules for each mailing list that you must remember,
> which is a PIA.
For me the situation is worse with web forums, because every one of them
works differently. It's confusing. Plus I have to remember a username and
password for each one, and log on individually, instead of logging on once
to my mail account. I avoid web forums for these reasons. They're just a
lot more painful to use than a mailing list.
They're also almost always really sluggish and full of graphical animated
.signatures and brightly colored smiley-face cruft. Just not worth the
trouble, unless you're a 14-year-old script kiddie who still thinks that
stuff is fun. ;)
I think if the MySQL list went to a web-only discussion board I'd probably
stop paying attention to it.