Why you won't find me in the forum much

Ian Stirling OpenMoko at mauve.plus.com
Wed Jul 25 23:45:35 CEST 2007

Rod Whitby wrote:
> I have no problem with OpenMoko creating a forum for end users.
> As a developer, I won't be going there regularly.  I might drop in now
> and again to see what the signal to noise ratio is.
> Why?
> Simply because the only time of the day where I can spare 60 minutes to
> catch up on project communications is on the bus to and from work.
> With mailing lists, I can download *all* my mail and read (and respond)
> to it offline on the bus.  I read (well, mostly delete) over 1000
> messages per day from at least 10 different development mailing lists
> via this method.
> I have not yet found a forum that allows you to have all new messages
> emailed to you, or to have *all* past messages since *exactly* the last
> message you saw provided to you by an RSS feed (all the feeds I've seen
> will give you the last N messages, or the last day's worth of messages,
> so if I go away for three days it is not possible to see all the
> messages I missed).
> So when an official forum is blessed by someone, please make sure it is
> a forum that has a *bidirectional* email gateway.  Anything else is
> simply sub-standard for my usage patterns.

NNTP is another option - and there are NNTP-email gateways since forever.

There is also much web-based NNTP readers out there.

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