[cvsnt-dev] Re: Where to go forward with the main list.

Glen Starrett glen.starrett at march-hare.com
Sun Jul 23 15:25:56 UTC 2006

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David Somers wrote:
>>2. Go to member only posting, and bounce nonmember posts... this will stop
>>people posting and defeats the point of a support list IMO.
> True. But, if somebody wants help and they can't be bothered to subscribe to
> the list, then that is a bit silly of them isn't it?
> A few sites that I've seen put up a web form for such people, so they can
> submit a message to a list, and when it is sent to the list it is prefixed
> with something like "the sender can't be bother to subscribe to the list,
> so if you want to help them out, mailto directly".

I agree with this -- Members only is a very good way.  However, the only 
way I ever use this list anymore is with a newsreader.  That assumes 
people still be are able to post to news server and have it get to the 
email users.

>>3. Kill the email list entirely and rely on the newsgroups - currently my
>>preferred solution.

That would be fine as well.

> Do support via a forum.
> But, this is a pain, since reading messages via mail/nntp is, IMHO, much
> easier. And, you also also back to the SPAM problem unless the forum is
> locked down to members only.

Forums are a pain but have better historical context since they keep 
their threading better than a mailman archive.  Google searches will 
send them to the entire thread instead just one message -- sometimes the 
  messages have broken threading.

IMHO Forums are poor for the people using them daily, unless the fancy 
formatting and smilies actually help the conversation.

>>Shooting spammers in the head is an 
>>attractive option but illegal in most countries...



Glen Starrett

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