> > I really hate on-line forums. They're difficult to track because I
> > must remember visit them daily.
>OK this is the first issue - 95% of people who need MySQL info do not need
>it daily. Mailing lists are a poor tool for them.
No but those in need of help does. And those ppl who are capable of helping
them are usually busy. Do they keep a browser open and refresh the forum
frequently? I'll answer that question: no.
>The NNTP mirror is actually a double-edged sword - yes it takes care of
>archiving and searching (via Google Groups), I will agree, but it misleads
>infrequent users into thinking posting actually does something meaningful.
Why don't you build a better one?
IIRC sendmail list has both posting via NNTP and mailinglist.
>-Easily break discussion into sub-categories (especially for MySQL, where
>SQL questions are combined with everything else, would be nice to break that
PHP has several different lists and most questions end up on the general
list. Usually cross-posted to other lists.
>SourceForge is a great idea, but a poorly designed system.
>Obviously a package designed by an engineer, its a mess.
You seem to be a brilliant coder so..perhaps you can re-design sourceforge
and the underlaying code. Anyway, I expect an announcement from you real
soon that you created a mail to NNTP gateway for this list.. You are going
to build that.. right?