Why not use newsgroup?
alexey at feldgendler.ru
Fri Jun 13 20:32:08 CEST 2008
On Fri, 13 Jun 2008 19:30:02 +0200, Ben Burdette <bburdette at comcast.net>
> But I still don't understand why groups choose mailing lists over
Usenet was an almost 30 years old attempt at implementing what's currently
solved by mailing lists, subject to those days' technological requirements
and constraints. It's currently obsoleted by mailing lists providing
exactly the same on a better technological basis.
NNTP is an underdefined protocol with a vast number of features, of which
servers and clients support arbitrary subsets, and most of which have lost
their value with the development of communications. Some parts of NNTP are
still impossible to get “right” because they aren't specified, e.g.
international characters in headers.
The only two real features that NNTP has and mailing lists don't are the
ability to access older messages through the client timmediately after
subscribing (that is supposed to be solved by the often overlooked feature
of IMAP: shared folders) and the ability to cancel a message after sending
it (something that is a bit unfair and shouldn't be possible in the first
place). All other “features”, like the often mentioned “kill files”, are
actually features of clients, not the protocol, and are also found in good
> By default you just download the headers without having to get the text
> of every message,
You can do that with IMAP, which is the modern protocol for accessing your
> you can subscribe and unsubscribe from them without impacting your
> regular email account.
If you insist on ML subscriptions being on a separate account, you can
have another email account for that. How is having one email account and
one NNTP account better than having two email accounts?
Alexey Feldgendler <alexey at feldgendler.ru>
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