[Makers] Why no forum?

Adrian Carter adrian at adr1an.net
Thu Jan 26 00:45:02 EST 2012


theres always the digests if people don't want lots of incoming emails :)


On 26 January 2012 00:05, Michael Jones <michaeljones351 at bigpond.com> wrote:

> I have my emails in folders etc as you guys mention, as I said I don't
> mind but not sure if others do.
>
> Being new to this particular mailing list I am not sure on the n/etiquette
> of it etc, if people don't mind lots of emails bouncing around back and
> fourth (and judging by the amount of emails in the short time since I've
> joined up they don't) then that's fine and perhaps a forum isn't needed.
> (though I wouldn't complain if one was set up)
>
> I do agree that forums can be forgotten and not everybody can access them
> as often as they can access their emails.
>
>
>
>
> On 25/01/12 22:19, Eyal Lebedinsky wrote:
>
>> Is there any modern email client that does not do folders and threads?
>>
>> More to the point though. I see the main difference between mailing
>> list and forums in that forum posts do not get emailed to the members.
>>
>>
>
> This is one of the main advantages, for example, for the project I am
> planning I will have plenty of questions about Cree's and drivers
>
> There may be plenty on the mailing list who have no interest in the topic,
> and this is the advantage I like about forums (and I can enable email
> notifications so I know when there is a reply in a topic that I have posted
> in). Those who have a keen interest or knowledge can get involved. Though,
> as you say with your next comment, with folders and threads etc in an email
> client it should be like a forum (and thus if something doesn't interest
> them they can merely delete it/ignore it. Not sure of everyone else's
> thoughts on the matter though.
>
>
>  A well built web mail (mail archive) reader with folders, threads,
>> search and sort should be indistinguishable from a forum.
>>
>> I do not see the projects facility as the best way to emulate proper
>> forums though.
>>
>> I personally prefer email since I am too forgetful to go and check
>> the forums, but I do read (at least the subject of) my emails.
>>
>> Heck, some (cloudy) people do not even receive email anymore but
>> use web-mail exclusively anyway.
>>
>> cheers
>>
>> On 01/25/12 19:39, Alastair D'Silva wrote:
>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: makers-bounces at makehackvoid.**com<makers-bounces at makehackvoid.com>[mailto:
>>>> makers-
>>>> bounces at makehackvoid.com] On Behalf Of Michael Jones
>>>> Sent: Wednesday, 25 January 2012 4:43 PM
>>>> To: makers at makehackvoid.com
>>>> Subject: Re: [Makers] Why no forum?
>>>>
>>>> I think a forum would be a good idea, facilitate discussion without
>>>>
>>> clogging up
>>>
>>>> peoples inboxes (not that I mind, but I always feel bad sending lots of
>>>>
>>> emails
>>>
>>>> via a mailing list!)
>>>>
>>>
>>> If a mailing list is clogging your inbox, you're doing it wrong :)
>>>
>>> A good way to keep things manageable is to split mailing lists off into
>>> separate folders. Under unix, you can do this with Procmail. If you are
>>> using Outlook, you can create "rules" to move messages as they come in.
>>> Other mail clients have similar functionality.
>>>
>>> It only takes a few minutes to set up, and improves your workflow
>>> immensely.
>>>
>>> I track about 30-odd development&  hackerspace mailing lists, and by
>>> separating them into different folders, I can choose how much attention
>>> to
>>> give things. For example, I have MHV related things pushed to my phone&
>>> watch, but only read foreign hackerspaces' lists on demand (when I get
>>> bored).
>>>
>>
>>
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