Re: Blogs for questions, blogs for answers

Subject: Re: Blogs for questions, blogs for answers
From: "Susan W Gallagher" <susanwg -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 07:15:47 -0800

The good thing about a mailing list is that it's a *push* of information --
you don't have to remember to go fetch it, it comes right to you. The
conversations on mailing lists are lively and spontaneous, and when you ask
a question on a mailing list like this one, your answer usually isn't too
far in the future.

A bulletin board or forum makes you *pull* information -- you have to
remember to go visit it to read the new messages. If conversations develop,
it's at a snail's pace. And when you ask a question, it may not get answered
for weeks or months, if at all.

I'm not impressed with the forums I've visited.

-Sue Gallagher

On 3/21/07, Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> There's so much insight in this post it's hard to know
> where to start.
> Mailing lists are by their very nature not persistent.
> The archives can be searched, but old topics do not
> get resurrected because only one message can be viewed
> at a time.
> A forum is somewhere between a Wiki/blog and a mailing
> list. It is both discussion and a repository for
> information, and an admin can cull "dead" replies of
> no value (or delete the "Pet Peeves" thread).
> --- David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> > For example, I believe a *much* superior vehicle for
> > this list might
> > be a bulletin board (aka a "forum") with email
> > option for new posts.
> > That way, topics would be automatically threaded for
> > later quick
> > review--and not incidentally easier for members to
> > get to the threads
> > that most interest them.

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Re: Blogs for questions, blogs for answers: From: David Neeley
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