community Digest, Vol 36, Issue 45
someoneinjapan at gmail.com
Fri Jul 20 18:12:58 CEST 2007
On 7/20/07, Joe Pfeiffer <jjpfeifferjr at comcast.net> wrote:
> Jeff Rush writes:
> >Mailing lists aren't exactly fading away, and many people dislike
> forums. In
> >this case, it won't help if those with questions i.e. users flock to the
> >forums, if those with the answers, the more core developers use mailing
> >You'll need community concensus, or a team to copy material between the
> >discussion arenas, similiar to how we have people who have stepped
> >(thanks!) who clip useful stuff from the lists and put it on the wiki.
> Since you've brought this up -- I'm one who definitely prefers the
> dynamic of the mailling list over forums. And with some people
> harvesting information as it goes by and putting it in the wiki, it
> really seems like the best of all worlds.
I am still having a hard time understanding why we can't have both. For me
I am fine using the mailing list and wiki, I think they offer more
flexibuility and scalibuility, but I also enjoy using forums. I know a lot
of non-technical people who feel comfortable using forums. I have tried and
tried to get my wife to use a wiki. I can't for the life of me get her to
want to go to a wiki, but she uses forums all day long. I think for right
now a wiki and mailing list coupled with IRC is a good team for developers.
I think for the basic user it won't cut it. Really how many non-technical
users do you know use a mailing list, wiki, or IRC? Seriously I know so
many more people that use Forums. And I don't understand why we can't have
both. I really don't see the problem so if someone could explain why not
having a forum would be advantageous and not just personal preferance I am
all ears, because I could list a lot of reasons why forums could be
P.S.- Sorry for sending this directly to you joe. I keep forgetting to add
the community when I reply.
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