Nick Coghlan firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Mailing lists, I prefer when I'm highly invested. Just as an RSS reader brings blogs I care about into a single interface, mailing lists do the same for collaborative communication. Appropriate use of filters and "mark all as read" then deals with the volume of traffic.
However, mailing lists are terrible if you just want to drop in, ask one question & leave again.
Presumably that's because, in order to follow and participate, one needs to subscribe and receive all the messages in one's email. I agree, that's not ideal for dropping by and asking a question.
Which is why I prefer NNTP: it is ideal for both these purposes. One can quickly dip into a forum, follow a thread for a while, and unsubscribe just as easily. On the other hand, for high-commitment communication, having all the forums together and threaded is excellent.
Having all of this in a single NNTP client interface makes discussion on dozens of forums much more manageable than either “web forums” (spit) or mailing lists.
In the meantime, making GMane more discoverable by suggesting it as an alternative to subscription in the various list descriptions sounds reasonable to me.
GMane survives on sponsorship and donations. If we're sending more and more people to use that service, perhaps we can suggest supporting them financially too?
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