[Wine] Re: Sum-up: Re-proposal: web forums

n0dalus n0dalus+wine at gmail.com
Sun Apr 23 21:55:45 CDT 2006

On 4/24/06, deedee <deedee at writestop.com> wrote:
> Forums can tend towards cliques. So-called "popular" forums,
> especially, can have this quality -- because popularity
> frequently equates to regulars who always show up and post.

In a way this holds for mailing lists as well, but I think the
difference is that forums usually have:
- Large sections containing non-technical discussion
- 'Post counts', often used as a measure of status
- Signup date, also used as status symbol
- A visible power structure, being able to see which posters are
moderators/admins. In a mailing list people tend to treat each other
more as peers.
- Graphical avatars and signatures
- "See who else is online" features

Without those things, such as if you implemented a simple web
interface ontop of the mailing list, I don't think there would be as
many cliques.


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