[Noisebridge-discuss] noisebridge-discuss: mailing list versus forum system

Patrick Keys citizenkeys at gmail.com
Wed Jan 26 21:51:14 PST 2011


I agree with aestetix 100% on this.  I don't think very many people, 
myself included, would feel comfortable with something that's not 
locally hosted.  That's why I offered to get a server and put it in the 
server room.

I remember Jim saying way back when that he, and some others, said they 
much prefer the simplicity of receiving mail from mailing lists versus a 
forum system.  However, a good forum system will allow posts to 
automatically be emailed to those that opt-in.  A good forum system 
would also, with some configuration, also allow posting to the forums by 
sending emails.

Forums also have a few other niceties, like being easier to search, 
ability to click on the poster's name to find out more about the person 
or visit their website, etc.




Patrick







On 1/26/2011 9:41 PM, aestetix aestetix wrote:
> I'd really not rather use something that's not locally hosted. What if
> their system had a malfunction and we couldn't get access to
> troubleshoot it? Also, global politics aside, I don't like someone who
> is not a Noisebridger having the "god key" to enable or disable the
> entire system.
>
> Further, regardless of the complexity, if we have something local, we
> can modify it, and even create new modules and patches for it.
>
> This said, nothing is stopping someone from going and creating one and
> getting people to use it.
>
> On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 9:31 PM, Robert Fletcher <lobatifricha at gmail.com
> <mailto:lobatifricha at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>     Google groups provides both functions.  I presume we have reasons
>     for not using them, but it's food for thought in terms of how it can
>     be done well.
>
>     -Robert
>
>     On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 9:28 PM, Glen Jarvis <glen at glenjarvis.com
>     <mailto:glen at glenjarvis.com>> wrote:
>
>             So my question is: why doesn't noisebridge consider a forum
>             system
>             versus a mailinglist system?
>
>
>         Set up a forum. It's a doacracy (and easy software to install) :)
>
>         I don't think it will be used, however. :(   I know that, for
>         me, even though its less logical, I want the mail to come to me
>         in my inbox instead of having me to go out and find it in a
>         forum. Logical or not, it's what's comfortable for me and my
>         habits. I think it may be the same for others.
>
>         But, I could be wrong. The nice thing about this is -- set one
>         up. If people use it, great -- you'll have fixed an obvious
>         problem and be our hero.
>
>         If people don't, well, the forums will die a slow death and
>         we'll still be sending a crap-load of emails back and forth to
>         each other :)
>
>         Cheers,
>
>
>         Glen
>         --
>         Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things
>         which matter least.
>
>         -- Goethe
>
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