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John M.
2004-12-17, 15:36
> Jeff wrote:
>
> As kdf said, we really did just have this discussion. But it
> appears to be something that wants to be kicked around some more.
> ...
>
> Maybe the list will grow so large that it cannot be managed
> in email and must be moved to a forum. Or maybe dinosaurs
> like me and email will die off and web forums will take over.
> But I really like the mailing list; I always have my mail
> client open and the list fits very well with the way I work
> at my computer.

Hi Jeff,

I wrote my message before I saw kdf's post that the matter was settled for
now.

I think an e-mail to web transition would be like any other change in
technology. For a couple days it would be very strange and uncomfortable
compared to the list. Then, after a week, it would feel natural. After two
weeks, you would not remember what the list was like; the web forum would be
your only experience of communicating. Its plusses and minuses would become
clear, but its use would be, overall, at least as easy as the list.

A list is cool with me. But I think the general public would much rather
have a web forum. Hopefully so many SB's will be sold that it will be a
topic for discussion again. :)

John

Kevin O. Lepard
2004-12-17, 19:36
>For a couple days it would be very strange and uncomfortable
>compared to the list. Then, after a week, it would feel natural.

I've done it both ways, including groups that have transitioned from
a list to a forum. The forum is better for new members to search for
information, but I still definitely feel the list is the better way
to stay current and follow the active discussions. I don't think
most forums maintain the level of participation that lists do from
their members.

If the list is an anachronism, I guess I am too. Fortunately,
anachronisms have never been a problem for me.

Kevin
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