At 8:47 AM -0600 3/19/1999, Fred Lindberg wrote:
>On Fri, 19 Mar 1999 19:38:15 +0500, Faisal Nasim wrote:
>>Why does MySQL use Mailing list and not a Newsgroup?
>1. More people have access to mail then to news. All computer users use
>E-mail, but a limited subset uses news.
>2. It's much faster (at the moment, it takes < 2.5 min to try all
>subscriber addresses for the mysql list at least once, and 140s after
>message arrival at the server, 90% of subscriber MTAs have OK'd the
>receipt of the post). IMHO, this is important for support.
>A news group might be better for lurking, or for instances where it is
>important to get the opinion of a large number of people on a given
>topic. For lurking, consider subscribing to the digest (1-2 per day,
Not to mention, especially given the recent wave of complaints about
spam, is that spam is much more of an issue and harder to deal with
in newsgroups than on a mailing list.
The signal-to-noise ratio is typically much higher for a mailing list
than for a newsgroup.
Paul DuBois, paul@stripped
Northern League Chronicles: http://www.snake.net/nl/