support-nginx at oeko.net
Fri Mar 13 19:37:58 MSK 2009
I'm sorry, but I can't let you say this unanswered:
On Thu, 12.03.2009 at 18:15:36 +0000, Jim Ohlstein <jim.ohlstein at gmail.com> wrote:
> A mailing list is a forum of sorts but without the features of more
> sophisticated software.
a mailing list is something entirely different, imho.
> File attachments,
send mail with an attachment
> private messagiing,
send email to one person only (ie, outside the list)
> threaded discussions,
standard feature of non-broken MUAs (ie, mutt, Thunderbird, Evolution,
> easy access to older posts
mailing list archive, may be even downloadable
> to name but a few.
Forums typically have these additional drawbacks in my experience:
- synchronous communications - ie, it won't work if the forum server
has a hiccup or is currently hacked.
- tends to mess up attachments
- stricter limits on attachment sizes
- centralized (even private messages need to go through the server)
- threading is usually sub-par with MUAs, flexible sorting and
searching is usually not available
- sorting and searching taxes the server, not the client (as with MUAs)
- broken search results with about any search engines because whole
threads appear on one page
- usually no downloadable archives
- tend to vanish in a whim if the admin loses interest, or if the forum
package gets swapped (all links break, nobody fixes them, archives
are lost forever)
- slow performance, high cost for the operator (much higher than a
> It's simply another way to communicate and get/offer support.
Yes, and one that causes more fraction and friction to the user base
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