[REBOL] Re: Why not forget about AltMe and Rebolist and use RebolTalk instead???
From: premshree:pillai:gmai:l at: 6-Jan-2005 0:09
Mail lists _are_ a thing of the past, agreed -- but somehow I think
it's much better than having a forum. My reasons follow:
* Forums are good when you have a small group of people. Sure, the
number of REBOL users may not be huge, but REBOL is new, we need to
grow it by way of active discussions, marketing, etc.
* The Rebol-talk forum has way too many discussion topics. This is
particularly bad for a person who is relatively new to Rebol. He might
end up posting all his queries at the 'newbie' discussion, when he
probably could've posted it to a more focussed forum.
* Another problem with having such web-based forums is that it's a
major pain to keep track of all the posts in the forum (they don't
have RSS/Atom feeds that one could subscribe to) -- on a mailing list,
I can see the subject, then decide whether I want to see the whole
post, and stuff like that.
* The forum -- Invision Power Board -- doesn't have threaded
discussion. Now, this is _bad_. It's a pain to quote everytime I want
to post a reply.
In conclusion I would say that forums are rather immature as a means
of discussion for something like REBOL -- something that needs to
grow, and has the potential to.
Yes, there have been issues with the ml, but surely *something* can be
done about it?
I am all for the mailing list.
On Wed, 5 Jan 2005 10:27:51 -0800, carl-rebol.net <carl-rebol.net> wrote:
> This is a very good question, and I'm glad you ask it. I have also been thinking a
lot about it over the last year.
> First, in defense of AltME: it DID NOT crash. The Linux hard disk crashed. AltME
is an extremely stable and trustworthy product, even as a 1.0 product.
> AltME is great for PRIVATE discussions, but what we want to see (and what new users
want to read) are PUBLIC discussions.
> Please read my public statement about this topic on http://www.rebol.net/cgi-bin/blog.r?view=0089
> Then, let's figure out a solution and make it happen! Maybe its REBOL Talk, maybe
not. I don't know. This is a community. We need to decide this together.
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