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Re: [opensuse-factory] Userfriendliness of mailing list
On Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:40:55 -0400
Felix Miata <mrmazda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Larx composed on 2017-06-19 06:06 (UTC+0200):

That argument sounds really 90ies, sorry to say that. Any forum
since dozens of years is customable, you subscribe only to the
subjects you like, you can get tailor made email digests etc..
Email needs to be customized, if at all, once only.

Each forum has different interfaces for customizing to learn, and
*must* be separately customized, without exception, as they're all
designed for people who enjoy 85th percentile or better vision, using
little browser windows that only fill 1/3 or less of a screen. The
need often repeats as each's admin sees fit so replace its "worn" or
"obsolete" styles with "new and improved" styles that reduce its
site's usability, and obsolete existing ad blocker settings.

Further, state of the art archival and filtering techniques for e-mail
allow you to locate the topics you are interested in after the fact.

In every single forum I have tried to use the search function is almost
useless, due to carelessnes or bad web interface people tend to post to
different topics than intended, and without direct access to the
database holding the forum posts you are left with big useless pile of
text - which you cannot even see at once due to the web interface
limiting you to 'pages' of posts.

So in my opinion the forums are by far the least useful method of
communication in use. People try to use them because they do not know
anything better but that's completely backwards.


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