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- Subject: Re: Why doesn't the lua list get replaced with a forum ?
- From: Philippe Lhoste <PhiLho@...>
- Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 15:44:06 +0200
Gunnar Zötl a écrit :
I couldn't agree more about lua using a forum, I use forums
everyday (such as gamedev.net) and find them much easier than the
I don't. I actually find forums rather weird to read, as they usually
don't have proper threading support, and also lack some other
features a proper mail client offers.
Of course, this is just me, but I also feel that having a mailing
list keeps the noise down (apart from the reoccurring "Why isn't
there a forum" and "Lua needs to be more like
C/Lisp/Perl/APL/Intercal/IYFL" discussions... ;-).
Yes, this topic (forum) comes from time to time.
Nothing prevent somebody to create a forum, if he feels the compelling
need and have a little money (to create a Web site) and time (to
maintain and moderate it) to spend on it.
Of course, the problem is to attract savvy users to it... :-)
I use a lot a forum on a Windows automation language (AutoHotkey).
Compared to a mailing list, it has a lot of bandwidth waste (loading
over and over the list of last messages, HTML vs. pure text, etc.).
Of course, nowadays, most users won't notice. But indeed, it slows down
An advantage is that you can create entries and update them. Sometime, I
send a message here and wish I could correct something... :-)
On the other hand, it can be abused, and you can do this with the Wiki.
And people having read the first message won't necessarily read the
What else? Fluff (BBCode)? Mmmm...
Convenience of reading anywhere? With Gmane interface, you can do the
same (but read messages won't be marked at home in your e-mail client...
Search? If you cannot search with your e-mail client, you have to learn
how to! And the archives are available, for fast local search.
Perhaps the only thing missing is a convenient and consistent way of
referring to older posts: you have to search the archive in one of the
Web interfaces, and point to it.
Today, I don't mind using a forum, but frankly, I like this mailing list!
-- (near) Paris -- France
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