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dean
2005-02-08, 21:27
> I tend to be an active member of the mailing lists I subscribe to,

> but less so on the forums. This is because forums require that I

> go out of my way to surf and read, versus email lists, where I can

> just skim the threads as I look at the rest of my email at work.

> As a result, I visit forums once a day at most, but peruse mailing

> lists for interesting topics constantly throughout the day and

> contribute more readily. So if you're trying to have a thriving and

> active forum, that's a good reason right there, I think.



Yes, that is a good reason, but it is better solved by using an RSS-feed.





> By the way, note that you're posting that question to a mailing list,

> and people who find the mailing list convenient are more likely to

> answer you. Expect a response that is slanted accordingly.



Yes, I realize this. That's why it's so important to get the browser-based
forum up and running -- I believe there are many people who are not
participating (reading or posting) for that very reason. I'm sure there are
others like me who only subscribed to the e-mail list to be able to post to
one or two threads and who now are considering dropping off because of the
huge amount of e-mail traffic.



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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Dave Owen
Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 11:21 PM
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] When are we going to see live forums?



>Just curious, what are the "good reasons" you're referring to? Except for
someone who does not have Web access (is there anyone?), I can't think of
any.



"Good reasons" don't need to be about compatibility or accessibility, do
they? For example, I tend to be an active member of the mailing lists I
subscribe to, but less so on the forums. This is because forums require that
I go out of my way to surf and read, versus email lists, where I can just
skim the threads as I look at the rest of my email at work. As a result, I
visit forums once a day at most, but peruse mailing lists for interesting
topics constantly throughout the day and contribute more readily. So if
you're trying to have a thriving and active forum, that's a good reason
right there, I think.



Of course, if you'd like to see less of me, then that's a good reason to go
with the forums. ;) More readily-searched archives is another good reason --
is there a searchable archive for this list, or is downloading and searching
through each month's digest the only way?



By the way, note that you're posting that question to a mailing list, and
people who find the mailing list convenient are more likely to answer you.
Expect a response that is slanted accordingly.



And no, you're not allowed to vote on whether you want to see more of me.
Heh.