> Most ppl don't like forums.
I disagee with that, but then again I probably dont have any more idea then
> Do you know even one serious project which uses
> a forum? I know Slackware did and it really was a PAIN.
All of the projects on SourceForge.net?
Also, by forum I also mean usenet forum, so I would name about 100 pieces of
software that are supported there.
> Mail to this list gets mirrored on more places then you can imagine, same
> goes for PHP lists. You can't blame this on the MySQL ppl.
> There would be less mail if ppl would care to do their homework.
There would be less mail if searching archives was done with the same piece
of software as posting.
> Email is convenient, it just gets into your mailbox and you read it.. A
> forum would require ppl to open a browser or newsreader.
Seriously, are you telling me that there isnt a browser open on your
desktop, or that that is a special request?
I have a browser open more often then an email client.
I would argue that opening my email client is more of a special request for
me then opening a browser - also consider that an enormous amount of people
are using webmail for anaonymous subscrption to stuff like mailing lists (if
not all email) for basic privacy and to curb spam. If you arent a friend of
mine, you sure as hell dont know my pop email address.
> If you're busy then it's not fun.
I'm busy how about a 87-hour work week last week? And I dont like email
forums because they arent fun. I need to do much more scanning and
management of an mailing list (whether I choose participate daily or once a
year) then I do with say, Perl, where I login to google groups and search
the entire history of the group and/or post within about 30 secs - and I get
more and better answers overall. I dont have to remember what that group's
posting email address is either.
Also I would say that USENET groups get more traffic because the threshold
to access is much lower. A lot of people argue that that means more noise,
but I find that regardless of the noise, more access=more questions=more
answers=more solved problems=bigger community=better software. I rarely ever
have to post to Perl because I can always find the answer in the USENET
archive, but I can rarely find an answer to my MySQL questions from the
mailing list archive. I know at least part of that has to do with aversion
to mailing lists by Joe Schmoe, if not JZ.