Re-proposal: web forums

Segin segin2005 at
Sat Apr 22 10:42:50 CDT 2006

n0dalus wrote:

>On 4/22/06, Paul <subsolar at> wrote:
>>I don't like web interfaces!
>>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.
>We could always make a web interface to the mailing list.
>Some ideas:
>- Threads get shown in usual bulletin board style
>- Moderators can move threads from the main area to other sections.
>Threads can be created by users directly in user-writable sections
>- When users signup for an account it could be linked with a
>username at or similar address
>- When users post to a thread or create a thread, an email is sent
>from their wine-managed email account to the list, and the post shows
>up in the board
>- When someone replies privately to a user without CC'ing the list,
>the message is sent to their private inbox
>- Users on the forum can send messages to other users in a similar fashion
>- Reply notifications can be configured by the user to be sent to
>their personal address
>- Posts are all plain text, with optional attachments (some reasonable
>limits apply)
>Since a huge number of the features usually provided by forums are not
>needed, this is probably an easier task than it might seem.
Sounds good, but people are going to complain cause they do all their 
work in text mode, and lynx is a shotty browser.

Well, we can tell them to use elinks (a tabbed text-mode browser with a 
emacs-style featureset of sorts) or to bit^H^H^Hcomplain to /dev/null.
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