[cryptography] Can we move to a forum, please?
bernie at fantasyfarm.com
Tue Dec 24 19:58:09 EST 2013
On 24 Dec 2013 at 20:06, Raymond Burkholder wrote:
> > Subject: [cryptography] Can we move to a forum, please?
> > Thoughts?
> If this moved to a forum, I'd probably not read it. I receive messages
> many different services, and if I had to remember to go online to read
> messages, it wouldn't happen.
I agree -- I don't have the time or care to go visit dozens of websites
each day, just to check if there's any activity in THIS forum or THAT
one. I find it very convenient having it all come to me.
> With the current system, messages appear in my inbox with messages
> other list exchanges. It provides a simple central mechanism for
> and responding to the various messages I receive.
Also, for me, I'm on many mailing lists that are *related* and I sort
those into _single_ folders. So all of my 'security' stuff goes into
one place, all of the 'craft/hobby' lists are collected in a separate
place, etc. The fact that there are six hobby lists is irrelevant: they
all end up just in my 'hobby' folder -- I don't have to visit six sites.
In fact, this is a case in point: there are two cryptography lists that
are similar but different. I filter them both into the same folder [and
my only quandry is if I want to post I need to pick "to which", but I
never have to do anything to follow both effortlessly].
> On the other hand, if the forum emailed messages with a 'reply link'
> messages are posted, that would be an acceptable alternative.
Not quite: Most forums postings don't any context -- they just expect
that their post will "follow next" in the forum [even when that's not
true!] and so they just type away. So if you get just an email message,
it'll be VERY cryptic trying to piece together what's going on,
especially if a single topic has two discussion threads interweaving
I haven't seen a forum that lets you "save" messages -- if the new PHPbb
does that'd be great. PHPbb has never been very good at keeping track
of what you've seen and what you haven't: if you visit the forum and only
read some of the new posts, you generally won't get a second [easy]
chance to find it [there's no mechanism I've seen for the equivalent of
leaving something unread in your list-folder to be dealt with later]. Do
forums let you 'print' messages? Can you 'forward' messages? Can you
'save/archive' threads that are particularly interesting?
I happen to not much like the format of most online forums.... other folk
love them. I'm not impressed with 'BBcodes' and the few-score emoticons
it allows. I know some peolple really like that, but not me.
My vote is to stay as an email list.
Bernie Cosell Fantasy Farm Fibers
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