[linux-audio-user] move LAU to a forum?

Rob lau at kudla.org
Tue Dec 26 13:09:55 EST 2006

On Sunday 24 December 2006 05:26, Leonard Ritter wrote:
> and indeed, why not move to a forum? are there arguments
> against it?

My arguments against it are principally 

(1) archiving (there are as many archives of the current list as 
there are users who don't delete their mail regularly)

(2) search (no web forum software's search is as full-featured as 
a mail client's search, in fact they're usually very pathetic, 
with restrictions like not searching for any word less than 4 
letters long or not being able to search for phrases, and Google 
doesn't index web fora as aggressively as it does blogs)


(3) the "push" advantage (people are more likely to contribute to 
a list where they're constantly getting mail and see something 
that piques their interest, than something they have to visit 
regularly to keep up with new topics)

Someday, someone will come out with a mail connector to phpBB or 
one of the others that is actually worth something, but in the 
meantime web forums are a great way to attract newbies at the 
expense of deeper usability.

Many communities have a web forum for the people out surfing the 
web looking for answers, and then a separate mailing list for 
people who actually care enough to sign up for something.  I 
guess I like that approach best.  But if the list were actually 
threatened with being shut down, I'd try to find a way to 
provide hosting for it in its current form.  I don't have much 
time right now for making music or non-work coding, but getting 
LAU in my inbox lets me feel connected at least.


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