Sum-up: Re-proposal: web forums

Sterling Christensen sterling.christensen at
Sat Apr 22 23:07:40 CDT 2006

> > Mailing lists are searchable, but harder than a forum to search.
> > Forums let you search by any of text, title, author, date, category,
> Ok, that sounds nice.
> The 'category' thing sounds tricky to implement on top of a mailing
> list (as I would like it)...
Yes, categories are nice.

> > You can't cancel or edit posts. Forum moderators can delete spam
> > posts.
> That's just a horrible feature.
> As with any kind of censorship it will do nothing but make people
> suspect you for deleting legitimate posts.
There've been forums like that, but they die quickly. Only forums with
trustworthy admins get popular. So that's generally not a problem.

> Spam should be removed (or maybe categorized under 'spam') by a spam filter.
> And if one does slip through, it will disappear in the noise in no time.
> Aren't most forums like about 30.000 pages long?
> Would you ever notice anything like a single spam mail?
Yes, most people do notice them, because even popular fast moving
forums aren't noisy - they lists thread titles instead of posts. It's
a lot more concise that way - you don't get bured in posts. For some
reason spammers never post in existing threads, they always create new
ones. And at every active forum I've seen, their posts always get
noticed, reported, and moved or removed.

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