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[REBOL] Re: Why I Blast Email

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 11-Jul-2003 14:09

Just another $0.02... (I've been covered up in recent weeks due to a change of job within the company. Ergo, I've been mostly in lurk mode. Hence my perspective...) On Friday, Jul 11, 2003, at 13:42 US/Central, [Carl--rebol--com] wrote:
> YES, email is as good as the general delivery postal box at the bottom > of > my road. In that regard it has its place but, email should *not* be > the driver > of business processes, workflow, or even public discussion (ask why > weblogs have become so popular over the last few years). >
$0.01 : I'd agree with the remarks re "business processes" and workflow , but reserve judgement re "public discussion" unless the replacement is equally public and persistent.
> NO, email is not as good as the telephone or a good Internet-base > communications system.
$0.01 : "Good" is a value-judgement term, highly dependent on the specific measures of quality which one considers important. Again, I'd agree that email is not as "good" wrt interactivity, reliability, and confidentiality (when needed). However, a chat-based interactive environment is certainly *not* as "good" as email wrt accessibility to the widest range of participants, including those who'd like to follow a thread off-line (or go back and refer to content later), those behind firewalls, a sufficiently diverse geographic spread (so that not everyone is awake at the same time, etc.). Optimizing for one measure of "goodness" frequently/usually pessimizes over many others... -jn-