[K12OSN] Re: Teacher Forums

Les Mikesell les at futuresource.com
Mon Dec 6 16:15:33 UTC 2004

On Mon, 2004-12-06 at 09:48, Steven Santos wrote:
> I don't get it, why not just do both forums and an email list?  That way you
> get the best of both worlds.
> PHPBB DOES work with M2F (mail to Forums).  I have set it up in a test
> system on my local network now.

There are functional and stylistic differences.  In a bbs you generally
don't quote anything because the previous article will show right above
yours when the next person sees it anyway, and the topic may drag on
forever with people rarely checking in and posting.  With email
discussions you normally quote enough of the conversation to make
sense out of context and you don't expect answers to come weeks or
months after the question.

If you are lucky, a bbs will organize itself into a FAQ with the
correct answer ending the discussion.  This tends not to work for
topics where the correct answer changes frequently or everyone has
different opinions.

  Les Mikesell
   les at futuresource.com

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