[maemo-users] need a community board?

From: Paul Dundas pdundas at btinternet.com
Date: Tue Oct 30 15:33:37 EET 2007
Peter Flynn wrote:
> Berhan SOYLU wrote:
>> I think we need a community message board. Nowadays, there comes nearly 
>> 20 mails per a day...mail group is so primitive for this..Is there 
>> anyone who knows why we don't have o message board like phpbb, smf or 
>> something like etc...?
> I can only speak for myself but the last thing on earth I want is a 
> web-based message-board. I want the messages to come to me, not me have 
> to go to the messages. The forms-based mechanism for replies is horribly 
> clumsy on all the ones I have used, and the repositories don't thread 
> properly, and people fill up their messages with all kinds of fancy HTML 
> formatting.
> 20 mails a day is nothing. I can filter them, killfile a thread if 
> needed, and keep the ones I want for reference -- on *my* disk, so I can 
> refer to them whenever, rather than relying on someone else's server.
> No problem in having it both ways, with the list replicated to a BB 
> front-end like LISTSERV, with a proper searchable archive and a form for 
> posting. But please let's not drop the email mechanism: it's too valuable.

I too prefer the mail interface to any web forum or board I've seen.
The disadvantage of email is if you come late to a discussion - and that
could be addressed by a good searchable, threaded archive.

But what about a mail to nntp gateway? Usenet (remember news, anyone)
is a good server-based system with client caching for fast access.
And dialup users can pick the threads they want to download.

Just a thought.

Also, if you're using mail to keep track of busy lists, a good client
is important. Any suggestions?


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