[cryptography] Can we move to a forum, please?

Benjamin Kreuter brk7bx at virginia.edu
Tue Dec 24 20:15:07 EST 2013

On Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:56:32 -0500
Greg <greg at kinostudios.com> wrote:

> It would be interesting, actually, to see whether the list's software
> could be automatically integrated with a forum like SMF.

Nobody needs to modify the list's software.  You can just have your
forum's web server receive the mailing list's messages and display them
as forum posts.  That is part of the beauty of mailing lists:  nobody
dictates what sort of software will receive or display the messages.

> I don't know how edits would be handled though.

They wouldn't.  Why do you consider edits to be such an important
feature?  Usually a followup message to the effect of, "Oops, typo" is
sufficient, and usually only needed for errors that might alter the
meaning of a sentence.

Here is a more important question to consider:  how might you enable
"editing" of posts *without* requiring a central authority that stores
and displays messages?  While there is some level of centralization on
the list (moderation, the list server itself), the messages themselves
are not stored in a single place.  I can read messages offline, and
even reply to messages offline (my mail client will queue the messages
until I have a connection).  Numerous archives exist, so that even if
one archive fails the messages can still be found.  Losing that for the
sake of editing posts seems like a bad deal to me.

-- Ben

Benjamin R Kreuter


"If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there
will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public
opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even
if laws exist to protect them." - George Orwell
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