Re: Code of Conduct on the Debian mailinglists
On Mon, Aug 07, 2006 at 11:39:51AM +0900, Miles Bader wrote:
> "Joe Smith" <email@example.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, 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.
 "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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