Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: TECH: Why this low-tech forum?

From:Carsten Becker <post@...>
Date:Friday, May 7, 2004, 16:55
From: "Andreas Johansson" <andjo@FREE.FR <mailto:andjo@...>>
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 2:56 AM
Subject: Re: TECH: Why this low-tech forum?

 > I'm addicted to a number of mailing lists and online forums, and
rather like both.

I'm too ... this list and the ZBB in my case :)

 > I would, however, strongly prefer CONLANG to remain as a mailing list.

I second that.

 > Apart
 > from the tendency to have a higher signal/noise ratio of mailing
lists, I
 > believe CONLANG would lose it's unique personality if it were
converted into a
 > forum.

Well, on the ZBB, we've become chattier over the last two years, too. As
for the "unique personality", for me, this list stands for quality. Here
you can also post more difficult questions because compared to the ZBB,
here are more adults. On the ZBB the average age is around 15.
Relatively few professionals.

 > As mentioned, there already are online fora for discussing conlangs -
 > the list remain for us who want to commincate about conlangs via the
 > list medium.

I also agree that mailing lists are in some aspects more practical than

* Easy handling
* No delay because of a slow internet connection and slowly rendering
* You can sign off if you want!! I haven't seen any forum yet where
  you can give up your membership/subscription!
* Your postings are only gone when *your* hd is broken. When the server
  is broken, everything you wrote is lost in the worst case. So IMO
  mailing lists are better to archive data resp. the data you'd like to
* You don't need to save web pages offline every day for offline reading
  when you want to archive a 'hot topic' on your computer.

Keep the list up although it may be low-tech,