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Re: Forums

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 22:02:26 +0000
Message-ID: <4F061DF2.8060608@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org
Boris Zbarsky wrote:

> Again, for me, they do not.  The simple requirement to create an account 
> is a huge barrier already.

Generally, the purpose of web forums is to drive traffic to the web 
site, where it can be "monetised".  That encourages fragmentation as 
everyone is trying to get traffic on a subject to their forum site. 
I've seen Usenet group die and end up fragmented because of this.

There are a very large number of occasions where I think I could have 
contributed something useful (correct a misunderstanding) to an archived 
posting on a web forum, but have not been prepared to do a one off 
registration to do so.

(Having to register and login is often there to allow for ad-rotation, 
rather than for the benefit of the subscriber.)
David Woolley
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