Re-proposal: web forums

Molle Bestefich molle.bestefich at
Sat Apr 22 10:30:40 CDT 2006

Paul wrote:
> No seriously, I don't have the time to spend going out and monitoring a
> dozen forums.  I find mail lists much more convenient ... the
> information comes to me, I don't have to go to the information.

I feel the same.
I'd like to know exactly what it is that people find so convenient about forums.
I'd also like to know why the wine list archives can't provide the
same convenience.

Two things come to mind:

 * Ability to apply a 'star' rating to topics (called "sticky"?) that
are enlightened and/or of general interest.  (I think that designated
forum administrators perform this task.)

* Ability to post under a pseudonym (without going through the trouble
of finding a free e-mail provider, creating an account, figuring out
how their web interface works, etc.)

* ... What else?

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