[ubuntu-marketing] [Fwd: Re: Meeting Preparation - learning from the past]

John Botscharow info at jbotscharow.com
Fri Jun 6 21:10:09 BST 2008


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Subject: Re: [ubuntu-marketing] Meeting Preparation - learning from the past
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2008 14:54:26 -0500
From: John Botscharow <info at jbotscharow.com>
To: alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com>
References: <48487171.1090809 at itmaze.com.au>
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alan c wrote:
> John Botscharow wrote:
> [...]
>> I need to clarify my earlier statement about a foru, I did not mean it
>> as a REPLACEMENT for the list, but rather as a SUPPLEMENTARY form of
>> communication. Your comments about a forum being erb-based and "static
>>  which I think you meant as "criticisms" are what I consider the
>> strenfths of a forum.
>>
>> A forum allows for more flexibility in changing the topic heading than a
>> mailing list. Most people do not take the time to change the subject in
>> a reply that is off-topic from the original subject and I do not know if
>> it can be done after the fact in a list archive, but I do know that it
>> can be done on a forum. That would make searching the archives much
>> easier, as well as better linking of posts on the same subject.
>>
>> Both forums and mailing lists are only as good as the people using them.
>> And how good people are is dependent on what they are comfortable with.
>> Your confort zone is mailing lists; mine is forums - mainly because I do
>> not have a mailing list on my site, but I do have a forum. And some
>> forums allow for email posting :-)
>
> I use a number of mailing lists, and almost no forums, this is from choice.
> I find forums quite inconvenient to fit into my life and mostly
> inconvenient to use. If they are well managed like the ubuntu forums,
> they have an advantage of searches with captured data as a resource.
> However, I cannot recall any message in a list such as our marketing
> list here, that I have ever wanted to recall as a resource.
>
> I can predict that I would not make use of forums for a list such as
> this, except perhaps occasionally when I happened to be seeking a very
> specific information on (say) ubuntu forums.
>
> I have found that few forums integrate email use.

[meant to be read with a sense of hunor]

Is this distate for forums a cultural thing? Euorpean vs American?
Or is it because you guys have been Linux users for so long that you
never really experienced all the "fun" things that come with email on
Microsoft machines? Spam! Viruses! Trojams!

Anyway, hope you all got at least a little chuckle out of that. I got
the message. I'll table my suggestion of a forum, or now at least. :-)





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Peace!

John
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