[OT] combined forum and mailinglist (Re: Why not use forum?)

Ortwin Regel ortwin at gmail.com
Fri Jun 13 16:39:32 CEST 2008

We also came upon this idea a year ago. There are a few problems with
it. Mail gets sent once. The advantage of a forum is that you can
edit, merge, move and delete things.


On 6/13/08, Arnout Engelen <mokocommunity at bzzt.net> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 02:48:27PM -0400, Kevin Dean wrote:
>> Some people REALLY like mailing lists and some people REALLY like
>> fora and never the twain shall meet. :P
> Personally, I don't believe this: to me, it sounds entirely feasible to
> create a 'discussion thread respository' which can be accessed with a
> web forum interface, a mailinglist interface or an NNTP client. I fail
> to see the fundamental difference.
> (of course, there's already gatewaying software like GMANE, some forums
> already have quite extensive mail features and some mailinglist
> softwares have added some interactivity to their 'archive'. I don't feel
> I've seen it 'done right' yet, though, with a central 'message
> repository' and several interfaces which are all 'first class citizens'.
> As a hobby project, I started implementing this. I'm currently thinking
> of a Java web app with a Hibernate database (postgres/mysql), and
> Subethamail serves as an inspiration. This is *way* pre-alpha, but if
> anyone would like to cooperate, drop me a note :).
> Arnout
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