[mythtv-users] [OT] Mailing Lists...

Brad Templeton brad+myth at templetons.com
Mon Dec 6 05:28:53 UTC 2004


On Sun, Dec 05, 2004 at 10:16:47PM -0700, Bill Sutton wrote:
> Um...
> 
> Probably going to draw fire on this, but...
> 
> Why does the Linux community tend to collaborate with e-mail lists?  This seems kind of backward to me given that there is the rather nice real time messaging methods used made useful by various forum sites.  I guess with an e-mail list you don't have to have a web site host, but aren't forums really a bit more "user friendly"?  I'd really like to hear why the Linux world seems to stick to these mail lists.
> 

They feel the opposite of you.   Web site interfaces are pretty and more
flexible in many cases, but they are ungodly crawlingly slow, no matter
how fast your internet connection is, compared to an E-mail reader
showing you stuff live on your own machine.

It's really amazing what the difference is between having no noticeable
time to complete an action like moving to a next message, or deleting,
or zooming over a variet of messages, and having a noticeable time. 

You will give up a lot of other user interface goodies to get it, or
in particular, once you experience true speed, you will not go back
to slow for anything.

Newsgroups are even better (when local, though they are not comonly local
these days) because newsgroup readers were designed for handling really
large volumes  of data.

Web boards also tend to suck, and not be better UI wise.  Many don't
do the most basic thing -- a quick display of the messages that are
new _for you_.  I don't know if any of them have crossposting.  Few
have the easy thread following of trn.


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