Sum-up: Re-proposal: web forums

Molle Bestefich molle.bestefich at
Sun Apr 23 04:08:05 CDT 2006

Hi Philippe,

Interesting post :-).
I don't have time right now to answer all the pros you mention for
newsgroups, so I'll just throw in a couple of things that I think is
flawed in your suggestion (rude, perhaps!  sorry!).

Philippe A. wrote:
> I guess you know what newsgroups are, and that they existed before Google.
> What Google did is to index them into their database.
> They did not only that, they also created a
> great web interface to browse them.

Actually DejaNews did that and then Google bought DejaNews, AFAIR.

> >   ) Not everyone has a Gmail account (required to post through Groups)
> >   ) Not everyone is adept to using Gmane
> Right. But not everyone is adept of (mailing lists|newsgroups|forums|you
> name it). That's not the question. The question was how we thought things
> could be improved.

The point was that everyone knows how a browser works.

Newsgroups might be too technical to engage in for newcomers,
especially if they're already *very* busy trying to make this new
software they've downloaded (Wine) work and everything's failing right
and left around their ears with odd 'FontForge' messages,
seh_exception overflows and what not.

> Costs (worse first in my own opinion):
> - Convince existing users to configure their newsreader.

I think the above point is enough to be a showstopper for the
newsgroup approach.

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