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Re: TECH: Why this low-tech forum?

From:Roberto Suarez Soto <ask4it@...>
Date:Thursday, May 6, 2004, 17:18
On May/03/2004, Gary Shannon wrote:

> Personally, I'd be much more comfortable if this > mailing list were impressed on clay tablets, baked, > and delivered quarterly by ox cart.
Interesting. But I think it would be a problem to archive ;-)
> On the other hand, BBS forums have the huge advantage > of being able to segregate everything into specific > categories and topics. In truth, as I'm sure I said > once several years ago, I'd MUCH rather this were a > BBS forum than this stone-age mailing list format.
Well, topics are a good idea, but the problem is that no one forces you to use them :-) So, you end with messages totally unrelated in any of the forum sections. It's not a solution. If that's what you miss in this list, try Usenet. There you have topics, a whole lot of them. Or a "traditional" BBS, a la Fidonet (much saner than Usenet, sometimes). Web forums are just the last iteration of something that has been implemented a lot of times using different technologies. I've tried quite a lot of them, and having a specialized program (like a mail program, an Usenet browser or GoldEd for Fidonet) is *way* better than any web forum. A web browser doesn't cut it compared to a specialized program. All of this always IMHO, of course :-) If you don't think like that, my opinion is that you read too few messages on web forums, have too much time, or use a bad mail program :-)
> But alas, there are always those who, like Mark Twain, > are in favor of progress but uncomfortable with > change.
And those that only know one thing and think that's the best one because it's the one they use ;-) -- Roberto Suarez Soto