Replying to digests Was: Re: community Digest, Vol 36, Issue 48

richard5 at richard5 at
Fri Jul 20 00:51:20 CEST 2007

The problem I see with only having IRC/mailing list is that there is no way to
search through archived subjects.  So if there was a widespread problem with
the OpenMoko software, instead of posting a sticky in the forum about it,
people are now basically forced to ask the same question over and over 
and over
again.  Sure it'll happen on a forum but not to the extent of a mailing list.
Just last night I was on IRC and I must have seen people ask whos card 
has been
billed 20 times.  Just my 2 cents.


Quoting Knight Walker <moko at>:

> On Thu, Jul 19, 2007 at 05:44:29PM -0400, Jon Radel wrote:
>> [Entire digest that has nothing at all to do with the above that both
>> you sent out again removed.]
>> Spam the whole mailing list?  Ah, at least you're forthright and know
>> yourself well...
>> Ever occur to you two forum fans that the mailing list would work better
>> if you used it right?  Little matters such as:
>> * If you're starting a new discussion thread, don't reply to an existing
>> e-mail; it throws off the people who use thread-aware MUAs.
>> * If you're replying to something in a digest cut out all the stuff
>> you're not replying to and fix up the subject line.
>> * TRIM!
>> * If you're sending a "Me Too" reply, TRIM YET SOME MORE!
>> (See Mathew Davis's follow up for a beautiful example of trimming. :-)
> I agree. My main problem with a forum is that all the ones I've have
> serious deficiencies, the biggest one being that it's really easy to lose
> new messages if you don't dedicate a block of time to reading all new
> messages (Sometimes in just one forum, sometimes site-wide). I have yet
> to see a forum software that doesn't mark them all read if you have an
> emergency in the middle and have to come back later. For some people
> that's fine, but I prefer that my e-mail box stores a flag in each
> message and lets me read on my own time.
> As for the rest, I concur. Good netiquette goes a long way. Too bad it's
> a dying art.
> -KW
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