[Wine] Re: Re-proposal: web forums

David Shaw djshaw at classicfm.net
Sat Apr 22 11:26:30 CDT 2006

Molle Bestefich wrote:

>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.)

Actually, "sticky" posts are ones that don't or can't get deleted

>* 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?

How about the ability to post/read/respond to messages even when you're
not at your own computer?  Many people on Yahoo Groups, for instance,
don't even have a computer at home and access their groups from works or
library computers.  To my mind, this is probably the most important
advantage a forum has over an email list.

David Shaw

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