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Re: Message Board

I will chime in and say that I most certainly perfer a message board over 

On 4/24/06, Ian Petersen <iep@mail.dk> wrote:
> Matthew,
> > I personally find message boards so much more conveinent than mailing
> > lists.
> I find quite the reverse is true. Message boards are OK for stuff like
> product support where you don't need to follow a conversation - just ask
> a question, get an answer and get out. But they rarely have decent
> threading, making it impossible to know who is saying what to whom. And,
> since most web-boards use some sort of time-based cookie arrangement for
> marking posts read or unread, you never can be sure whether you haven't
> missed an important message or not. Even worse is the fact that you have
> to manually go out and fetch each and every message yourself - perhaps
> from half a dozen or more different boards, each with their own
> interface and way of working. This is extremely ineffective. It takes me
> the same time to skim through a couple of dozen web-board messages as it
> does to skim a couple of hundred emails ...
> With mailing lists all my messages come to me automatically without
> having to lift a finger. My mail app sorts them into nicely threaded
> folders for me to read at my leisure - presented in a consistent and
> controllable interface no matter where the messages come from. And I'm
> certain I have all the messages a thread for further reference. In fact
> I have in my current messagebase every email and news message I've sent
> or received since 1996! It's a goldmine of information on a variety of
> subjects that would be impossible to assimilate in any other way.
> --
>   Ian Petersen