Re: Forums are now up at the Moon Design home page

From: Stewart <stu_stansfield_at_tEvf-zXxeZJGoc6jKTKolEfJ6IN4a_Mu3CyiqhROC1qC3ei3ziLis20w0iVo6>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 09:36:40 -0000

Sorry, Jamie. :O)

> I don't know about anyone else, but my e-mail client is already set
> up to work that way, so, to me, this is not an advantage. (Not a
> disadvantage, either, though!)

I'm unfortunately biased in this, in that I've not read a list via e-mail since the GD went kaput; I've always read the Yahoo!Groups online, for a few reasons. So I weaned myself off that mode of communication several years back. (But did I used to enjoy receiving my daily--or multiple--digests? Sure!)

>From a web-based perspective, Y!G has a few issues. The 'View by topic' utility (a near necessity) is poor. It doesn't handle breakout topics well -- indeed, at all. The standard mode of practice for breakouts on message-lists like this one is to reply to an existing post but change the thread title, rather than starting a new thread.

(*Or carry on regardless under a misleading thread title, of course!)

Unfortunately, Y!G groups these under the initial topic. So interesting tangents and/or completely different topics are grouped together under the initial thread title.

Forums have the same issue issue, of course. But that problem is more clearly appreciated, and users are frequently habituated to it and the need to start a new thread. Here, the split between mail-readers and web-readers makes it problematic. I bet many mail-readers have never seen how the 'View by topic' function doesn't really work, for example.            

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