[uf-discuss] Mailing list debate moved & new proposal
timber at lava.net
Tue Oct 31 20:07:23 PST 2006
On Oct 31, 2006, at 4:53 PM, John Allsopp wrote:
> On 01/11/2006, at 9:04 AM, Andy Mabbett wrote:
>> That may be technically possible, but it's not going to appeal to the
>> people I referred to in my earlier post:
>> For example, several academic and professional taxonomists
>> told me in e-mail that they would be interested in the
>> proposal, (and one astronomer, likewise, for mars/ luna),
>> but do
>> not have the time to follow a general mailing list; indeed, a
>> couple asked me specifically if I would set up a separate
>> mailing list for the subject.
>> How do you suggest that we engage such people?
> I reiterate my suggestion for a "modern" forum like BBPress, where
> you can subscribe via RSS to individual threads, where threads can
> be tagged, where searching is much less of a pain than with a
> mailing list ...
I don't like forums because I have to go to a website to use them. I'd
much rather work from my email client, which has a nice big text box,
unlike a forum, which often have ridiculously small text entry
elements. Plus, the UI in my email client is much nicer than that of
There are a host of other disadvantages to using a forum.
Granted, mailing lists aren't perfect, but we have one now and it
works. Forums also require a bit more administration than a mailing
list, and our list administrators are already over-worked, it seems.
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