View Full Version : Mailing Lists vs. Forums
30th April 2004, 11:16 PM
Hey everybody, I was wondering which method of communication you prefer, mailing lists or forums? Why?
1st May 2004, 02:08 AM
I like Forums more. I find it better to use and also better to find themes.
But maybe it is because, when I started work with the internet there were allready forums and allways after using forums I started to use the UseNet and MailingLists
1st May 2004, 03:47 AM
I like forums although I understand that some knowledge just isn't available anywhere else than on a mailing list. I think that forums are better about organizing the data and giving everyones question the best chance at being answered whereas on a mailing list, threads get trampled and overlooked often.
6th May 2004, 09:27 AM
heh, most of the mailing lists I've subscirbed to just turn into spam since I never read anything relevant to me in 90% of the posts. I tend to just visit the archives now when I'm sent to them by google.
Forums for me all the way. No having to find your way through threads either, which is much easier.
Bit of a funny question to ask on a forum, don't you think? ;)
6th May 2004, 02:26 PM
What's a forum?... :D
Seriously, mailing lists are nice to announce new releases of a product, corrected bugs, and so on... I enjoy receiving information from all the mailing lists I'm subscribed to. But a forum is a much better place for exchanging ideas.
We could also ask about IRC channels... Does anybody here frequent #fedora or #fedora-devel?
I'm no big fan of #fedora. There's too much "RTFM" and the Fedora mailing lists scare me. ;)
They just fill up my inbox.
6th May 2004, 05:00 PM
mailing lists is nice but kind a hard to keep up, as for forums, i like it because it's categorized and easy to search for a topic
6th May 2004, 10:43 PM
#fedora is cripled by people asking the same questions over and over again, not reading the f.a.q. or so before they ask. Of cource people get tired of explaing how to get xmms to play mp3s after a couple of hundred goes and then they just go "AaAH!! Read the f.a.q. will you" or worse than that.
I like forums more, forums makes more sense to me. I actually answer in forums, I never do that on a mailinglist. I just read.
6th May 2004, 11:24 PM
Originally posted by foolish
#fedora is cripled by people asking the same questions over and over again, not reading the f.a.q. or so before they ask.
Yes, that's true, but that phenomenon also happens in forums... Unavoidably, newbies will register in these forums and ask "I just downloaded FC, now how do I dual-boot with Windows?" over and over again, without first reading the faqs or doing a simple search.
I like IRC channels, or IM systems (Jabber, someone? :)), for its sometimes easier to "dialog" with online people to describe and follow the evolution of a problem than to post in a forum... But of course each communication channel has its place.
Originally posted by foolish
I like forums more, forums makes more sense to me. Aye.
7th May 2004, 09:14 PM
Forums all the way....
10th May 2004, 07:18 AM
I prefer forums too, I like being able to browse to it and read it when I am ready, and the messages are presented in a nice structured manner
12th May 2004, 05:51 AM
Prefer forums by far - however, duty-bound to certain mailing lists ;)
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