On Wednesday 29 November 2006 13:29, Arnt Karlsen wrote:
> On Wed, 29 Nov 2006 09:27:29 -0800, Alex wrote in message
> > I'd also hate to look in two places. On the other hand, changing how
> > we present the mailing list archives so they look like a forum _and_
> > allow replying if you have logged in ... would be really useful.
> > Logging in implies an account whose email address has been verified in
> > the same way that mailman does. So it can't be used for spamming
> > unless you could easily have spammed with the mailman list system.
> ..I too like this way of doing it.
This sounds good and I've seen one place that had this set up (egroups?) but I've not run across open-source software package that can actually do this and I'm not at a point in my life where I have time to write a custom list archiver/bbs hybrid system myself.
I don't know ... I'm not sold on the idea of forums exactly, but I do sense that a different group of users will probably latch onto the forums and feel a lot more comfortable using them versus email lists. I think that email lists are intimidating to some people ... and perhaps forums are intimidating or seem like a pain to other people. Maybe there's something to be said about forcing/funneling all the discussions through one mechanism, but on the other hand there's something to be said about giving people options and letting them choose what they are most comfortable with. I just realize I have said absolutely nothing. :-)
I think I'm going to let them run just a bit longer and then maybe we can an idea if enough people think they are useful and are using them.