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Re: Forums

From: Becky <sakarava@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2012 10:15:19 +0000
Message-ID: <CAOB6R2f_e73_JY+Xnt3+Qh8yvuZD2cbziGziFxZMHZsJgkTXSA@mail.gmail.com>
To: WWW Style <www-style@w3.org>
Cc: Matthew Wilcox <elvendil@gmail.com>
I don't think I've ever responded to the I-don't-know-how-many W3C lists
I'm subscribed to before. I'm a web developer, my interest in these lists
comes from wanting as much information as possible to do my job properly,
to know what is being considered for the future and what people are talking
about.

The same as Rob I also use Gmail, have never had any issues and couldn't
agree more with everything he's said, more than others in this discussion
who have been weighing the merits of mailing-list to forum.

My personal view is that if these lists had been part of a forum, I would
have long ago forgotten that that forum existed, as has happened with other
forums I've signed up to.
As it is, the emails come in, and every now and then I skim the subject
lines from either within a browser on a desktop, or using my email client
on my phone and have a little read of those I find interesting.

I'm not sure how long I've been subscribed to the lists, but I don't
remember how I signed up, so it was obviously a long while ago.
The major merit I find of the mailing lists is that I don't have to do
anything, I have enough to do day-to-day, plenty to read between Twitter
and articles here and there without having to worry about logging into
another forum again. I'm already logged into my email so it doesn't add
anything to my daily tasks, but gives me easy access to the information
here, and of course, the ability to reply if I want to.

Becky

On 6 January 2012 02:17, Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org> wrote:

> I'm subscribed to at least 26 mailing lists. I use GMail. Without the
> ability to search accurately across lists, correctly handle messages that
> went to multiple lists, handle threading, kill threads, instantly see new
> messages posted to any list filtered according to various criteria, loop in
> specific people or lists to a conversation, all usable efficiently from my
> phone as well as any of my desktop machines, my productivity would
> nosedive. So, no interest switching to 26 Web forums.
>
> However...
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM, Matthew Wilcox <elvendil@gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> a) what a mailing list is
>> b) the criteria to join one
>> c) set up their mail account to handle a list
>> d) subscribe via email
>> e) then learn that to see an archive they have to abandon the list and go
>> to a web page. Somewhere.
>>
>
> Yes, this can be a pain and it could be made a lot better. For one thing,
> (shameless plug) BrowserID could be used to make joining a mailing list
> one-click. Better still, when providing an interface for archived email
> that sucks less, the interface could include an inline posting facility
> that lets people send messages directly without having to join the list.
> You could make it look almost exactly like a forum. Except without
> destroying the productivity of the people who work here.
>
> Rob
> --
> "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not
> in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us
> our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not
> sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us." [1 John
> 1:8-10]
>
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