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Re: I hate mailing lists



On Sun, 2004-05-23 at 11:14, M. Fioretti wrote:
> On Sat, May 22, 2004 22:03:55 PM -0400, William M. Quarles
> (walrus bellsouth net) wrote:
>  
> > "Free software is mainly developed on mailing lists. Mailing lists
> > have many advantages over other forms of communication, but they
> > have two weaknesses: It's difficult to follow discussions in a
> > sensible way, and mailing list archives (when they exist) have a
> > tendency to disappear over time.
> > 
> > "Several mailing list archives exist, but these are all hidden under
> > a web interface. Reading mail that way is not convenient. Reading
> > mail as if it were news is convenient. "
> > 
> 
> I don't know about mailing list archives disappearing over time. The
> other "weakness", however, is in idiot mail clients and misguided
> users, not in mailing lists. Any decent mail client *supports*
> threading, so it makes possible to "to follow discussions in a
> sensible way".

I personally believe that the choice of a mailing list makes a great
deal of sense over a traditional newsgroup in that the amount of spam
can be limited in a members-only-post mailing list, whereas any spammer
with a news-flooder can post to newsgroups.

-- 
Chris Kloiber




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