Just my two cents
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Seth Brundle [mailto:brundlefly76@stripped]
> Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 3:29 PM
> To: David Brodbeck; mysql@stripped
> Subject: Re: Could we make this a web discussion forum?
> > > I really hate on-line forums. They're difficult to track because I
> > > must remember visit them daily.
> > Agreed. I don't need yet another web page to keep track of. I
> prefer to
> > let my mail reader thread up the messages on this list, then I browse
> > through every now and then and delete everything with a subject that
> > look interesting. It's much more convenient than a web forum, and much
> > faster too, because
> Email lists are essentially push technology.
> It assumes that becuase you are interested in something, you are
> in it every day.
> There is absolutely no information that I need pushed to me every day.
> If I want it, i will go there and participate.
So don't subscribe to the list, check one of the many online archives when
you feel like checking them (I like http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/ ). I like
getting posts in my email box, that is why I subscribed the the mailing
list, to get them as email. If it were a web forum I would have to wait for
everyone to check the forum after I posted my question, then check back
after they had checked in order to get replies. This way, people get my
question immediately and the answers come to me immediately.
> Think of it this way - lets say you use 1,000 pieces of software over the
> course of the year - this is easy to imagine if you consider ls(1) to be a
> piece of software. Its pretty easy to imagine how impossible it
> would be to
> maintain subscription to 1,000 mailing lists (I get annoyed with 10!).
So only subscribe to the ones that interest you. I have Microsoft Office
installed on my computer but I am not on any Microsoft lists, because I
don't care to be.
> So what makes MySQL so special?
I am interested in it so I thought it was special enough to sign up for the
list, if you don't, don't.
> > I don't have to wait for some remote, overloaded server
> > to respond.
> I dont understand this one at all.
The amount of people on the list checking a single website constantly
(messages come in all day long, you'd have to check often, even more
frequently if you were waiting for an answer) would probably overload a
webserver and make it slow to respond. The amount of hardware you'd have to
throw at it would be a lot more than required to run a mailing list.