Forums vs Mailing Lists
mike at osdn.org.ua
Sat Dec 31 18:17:26 GMT 2005
On Sat, Dec 31, 2005 at 04:41:23PM +0000, Ben Francis wrote:
> Has anyone ever wondered, like me, why mailing lists and forums
> are separate? What is the distinction between the two? I must
> be missing something but surely a forum should just be a web
> front end to a mailing list?
Oh no. You might want to re-read the last week threads here,
there was a bit of discussion of a difference.
> There is software available which can create a combined forum
> and mailing list so people can either take part in discussion
> via the forums on the web site or with their favourite mail
> client and email addresses are sufficiently obfuscated or
> removed on the forums.
I know of two more or less working implementations -- gmane and
some MLM web[archive] frontends which make it possible to post
via web [for authenticated users].
Have yet to see at least one successul example of forum/list
integration (didn't lurk in any phorum-gated lists though);
and the cultural difference just is there, and only adds to
the technical problems of integration between these medii.
Happy New Year, anyways! :-)
---- WBR, Michael Shigorin <mike at altlinux.ru>
------ Linux.Kiev http://www.linux.kiev.ua/
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