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[REBOL] Re: Mailinglist Advantage

From: chris-ross:gill at: 16-Mar-2007 12:16

On Mar 16, 2007, at 9:27 AM, Maxim Olivier-Adlhoch wrote:
> well, I always was in favor of the ML over altme in the begining, but > altme > also is very usefull, for getting results, now. The ML is good for far > reaching questions... but its also very cold and anonymous most people > are > just reading... a select few post, cause no one knows who is there and > many > dare not post for various reasons.
I'll second this, though I've never much liked the Mailing List (or MLs in general). Though I can appreciate the stated benefits of the ML, it is not an adequate replacement for the immediacy of AltME. Yes, discussions can get muddied with distractions and tangents, that is the trade-off. There is perhaps a need for better tools to dig around the message data to preserve the important information. However, I find AltME a much better model for working with one or many to solve a problem quickly -- ML interactions are simply too slow and unwieldy. Though I suppose the more laboured approach to interaction with the ML does tend to suit more philosophical, public or beginner topics. Less noise, fewer initial barriers to participation etc. - Chris