[scribus] Using BBS (or newsgroups) instead
bmcken at pobox.com
Tue Feb 22 19:13:13 CET 2011
On 2/22/2011 4:44 AM, a.l.e wrote:
> me too :-)
> On 2/22/11 1:04 PM, Stephen Carboni wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>> Instead of using a mailing list for scribus support, how
>> about we use
>> a forum/BBS?
>> I find the mailing list to archaic and clunky.
>> Forums are much easier to use for the end user who has
>> problems they
>> want to resolve.
> more seriously, what are the advantage of a forum against a
> mailing list?
> i'm aware of the fact that many people prefer asking
> questions in a forum, but i'd like to read from a
> forum-power-user what would are the good reasons to switch
> to a forum.
> - what is archaic in here?
> - what is clunky?
> on the other side:
> - how can you make sure that good answers get in?
> - who filters out the trash?
> finally, there are two ongoing projects to create a
> forum-like interface to this mailing list...
> maybe, we will have a solution for everybody soon...
> personally, i've rather made bad experiences with forums...
> but it may be just me!
I much prefer usenet newsgroups.
This is a link to one group I read occasionally:
From the support page:
"To access our forums, we offer a standard web browser
interface at https://forums.codegear.com or you may also
access them via your favorite NNTP news reader."
That https link allows access to them as through a web
browser and the web forum format, but the usenet format is
much more efficient, for me anyway.
To access the newsgroups on usenet, with Mozilla Thunderbird
for example, you would select
Tools>Account Settings>Account Actions>Add another
account>click the radio button "newgroup account" and then
enter "forums.codegear.com" which will bring up the whole
site and then you click into the different top level group
headings to find the actual groups you want access to. I've
select 43 of the groups, although I don't always use each of
them, but they are there when I need them.
One may need to register first with this - I forget - and if
that is the case then I apologize in advance for any
Usenet newsgroups are the best way to quickly see both all
of the different threads and how all of those different
threads are neatly folded under until you want to open up
Newsgroups are also very efficient for keeping higher level
topics together that belong together.
As for some people's bad experiences with newsgroups, I'm
sure that has happened. However, the emarcadero community
which is really the Delphi community sub-group that I use is
one of the most helpful and finest manifestations of
internet community anyone could ever find.
Some newsgroups can be a bit terse or unfriendly. They each
have their own personalities and cultures. Some are also
very fussy about getting people to trim their posts so that
they are easier to read and find the newest comment. This
custom also likely originated from the days when everyone
had very little bandwith and hard drives had 20Mb ;)
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