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John M.
2004-12-19, 10:58
John,

I think if you had actually participated in a "great" web forum for any
length of time, you would feel quite differently.

I said Head-fi was a great forum because it's a tight community of
enthusiasts who know how to use a web forum well. Tivocommunity is a
sprawling group filled with newbies and is relatively disorganized. A SB
forum would not be like that. The SB is a single product, sold by a single
(or very few) vendors, and the community (even with newbies) is much, much
smaller than for TiVo. Every sub-forum would be centered around the SB, and
newbie questions would have their own sub-forum.

It's true that posts on a thread can diverge from the original post, but a
tight community reins that in as much as possible. Overall, it's far easier
to follow a given discussion on a web forum than it is via e-mail.

E-mail is cool with me. Really. Just like it is with some of the other
participants who've advocated a web forum. But for the vast majority of
people, an e-mail list is not cool with them at all. That's the point we're
making.

Regards, John

> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of
> John L Fjellstad
> Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2004 9:59 PM
> To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> Subject: [slim] Web forum (again)
>
> On Sat, Dec 18, 2004 at 05:07:08PM -0800, John M. wrote:
>
> > For an example of a great, modern web forum, see
> > http://www.head-fi.org/forums/. This is for headphone
> enthusiasts.
> > It's a tight community and uses a modern interface.
> Participating in
> > the discussions there is very quick and efficient.
> (Warning...If you
> > get into
>
> How does this make it great?
>
> Which reply is to which post?
> I seen these kinds of web forums before (Tivocommunity, VG
> groups (a norwegian newspaper groups)), and, IMO, the
> interface is horrible.
> Newbies tend to reply to the first or last post, instead of
> the post they are actually trying to reply to.
> And if a message gets lot of posts (with divergent
> discussions), watch out.
>
> I guess if you come from an Outlook (Express) world where
> nothing is threaded, this is great, but...
>
> --
> John L. Fjellstad
> web: http://www.fjellstad.org/ Quis custodiet ipsos custodes
>

Steve Burling
2004-12-19, 14:22
--On Sunday, December 19, 2004 9:58:51 AM EST -0800 "John M."
<mail (AT) machtinger (DOT) com> wrote:

> But for the vast majority of people, an e-mail list is not cool with them
> at all. That's the point we're making.

To which I reply:

<unlurk>
Those of you arguing so passionately for a forum interface keep saying
this. Where's the evidence? How do you know?

And Dean has already said such an interface is coming. So could we please
stop beating this particular dead horse?
</unlurk>

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Kevin O. Lepard
2004-12-19, 14:40
I'd be willing to bet the "evidence" is anecdotal, which is the least
reliable kind as we all know.

I'm definitely in the list camp, but it occurred to me today that
there might be a way to have a forum that was accessible with RSS
feeds that might work for most. RSS feeds have been the best thing
to come along in quite a while for keeping up with information on a
variety of sites. I don't know RSS in detail, so maybe it's not
feasible, but it's a thought.

Kevin
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Kevin O. Lepard
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Happiness is being 100% Microsoft free.

dean
2004-12-19, 15:43
Check out http://www.slimdevices.com/dev_resources.html#lists which
lists a link to a RSS feed for this list:

http://lists.slimdevices.com/archives/discuss/rss.xml

among others.

Quite feasible. :)

-dean


On Dec 19, 2004, at 1:40 PM, Kevin O. Lepard wrote:

> I'd be willing to bet the "evidence" is anecdotal, which is the least
> reliable kind as we all know.
>
> I'm definitely in the list camp, but it occurred to me today that
> there might be a way to have a forum that was accessible with RSS
> feeds that might work for most. RSS feeds have been the best thing to
> come along in quite a while for keeping up with information on a
> variety of sites. I don't know RSS in detail, so maybe it's not
> feasible, but it's a thought.
>
> Kevin
> --
> Kevin O. Lepard
> kolepard (AT) charter (DOT) net
>
> Happiness is being 100% Microsoft free.
>