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Re: Code of Conduct on the Debian mailinglists

On Mon, Aug 07, 2006 at 11:39:51AM +0900, Miles Bader wrote:
> "Joe Smith" <unknown_kev_cat@hotmail.com> writes:
> > So I really wonder why mailing lists are so common.
> It sort of depends on what you're looking for.
> Some advantages of mailing lists:
>   * E-mail generally has a "wider reach" -- it gets past corporate
>     firewalls, (my company has never allowed external nntp connections),
>     works even on strange systems, etc.

Point. Then again, if your corporate sysadmins don't want you reading
news, they probably don't want you reading mailinglists, either.

>   * With email, you can use the same MUA you always use, with the
>     features you're used to.  People are _used_ to email, know how to
>     configure it.

OTOH, many MUA's (including Thunderbird, mutt with some patches, pine,
Mozilla Mail, MS Outlook Express, and of course gnus (which is more of a
news client than a mail client)) can read news just fine[1], with an
interface that is almost the same as the mail interface. Outlook
Express, which does not support threading in the mail interface, will
suddenly support threading for NNTP, too.

[1] "just fine" has to be taken with a grain of salt in the context of
     Outlook Express, obviously -- it doesn't do anything "just fine".

>   * With a mailing list you get a private copy of every message, without
>     having to figure out how to setup a nntp server.

OTOH, most news clients can be configured to store articles locally in
the absense of a local nntp server; additionally, Debian includes
"leafnode", a news server that requires almost no configuration and that
stores news on your local machine. Personally, I run leafnode on my

Fun will now commence
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