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Posted Sep 19, 2012 21:13 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
yes, sometimes there are different norms (top posting vs bottom posting, HTML vs plain text, etc), but those variations exist between different mailing lists and between different forums as well, they aren't inherent to the message tool.
Posted Sep 19, 2012 21:17 UTC (Wed) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
Posted Sep 19, 2012 21:27 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
There is enough variation in culture from mailing list to mailing list, and for forum to forum that I really question if they are so fundamentally incompatible (especially when nobody will bother to say what the differences are, just that they are so different that they can never get along)
I am not saying that there isn't going to be a need for some accommodation, but as noted elsewhere, if this makes it possible for the developers to participate in the forums where they didn't before, the value of getting a real response can overwhelm any inconvenience and friction from the different cultures.
Posted Sep 19, 2012 21:29 UTC (Wed) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
Posted Sep 19, 2012 22:03 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
At that point the interesting discussion is around why it works in some situations and not in others, but as long as there's just a flat statement of "it can't work" that discussion is not yet taking place.
Posted Sep 19, 2012 23:25 UTC (Wed) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
Posted Sep 19, 2012 23:36 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
Just because something didn't work well at some point in the past for some group of people doesn't make that thing a bad idea for that reason alone.
in both cases you have a small group of "important" people (developers for opensource stuff, authors for Baen) and a very large group of less "important" or less "clueful" people (users for opensource stuff, readers for Baen)
In both cases the less important people can help each other and get value from interacting with each other.
In both cases the value of a forum increases drastically if the "important" people interact with it, but web forums are horribly inefficient ways for people to keep up with everything.
Posted Sep 19, 2012 23:58 UTC (Wed) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
Posted Sep 20, 2012 23:57 UTC (Thu) by zlynx (subscriber, #2285)
Authors : Readers
Developers : Users
Of course it isn't exactly the same thing but it is quite similar in many ways.
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