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Re: “Get rid of digests”
Re: “Get rid of digests”
Sat, 2 Nov 2019 19:51:24 -0500
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Lori Nagel via libreplanet-discuss wrote:
I used to read digests cause I got too many emails and was on tons and
tons of email lists about various topics of interest.
You could have chosen to use the filtering capability found in any modern
email client to sort emails into folders. That approach would automatically
keep threads organized, let you quickly identify what's active, where to
focus your attention, and let you do things like mark threads as read when
that thread became uninteresting (or simply ignore the thread). Then mark
everything in the folder read to 'catch up' on all of those messages.
Server-side filtering would let you do this organization into folders as
well; server-side filtering is particularly handy if you read your email
account from multiple MUAs. With this approach the number of emails becomes
a non-issue; you stop reading when you want to knowing the rest of what you
didn't read is still there in a well-organized and easily accessible
fashion. The point being that I've not seen such support in MUAs or
server-side filtering for digests and you can make choices that won't cause
you to think that it's a burden to handle "tons and tons" of emails.
Which means you're allowing each forum owner to change what people write at
any time (even well after their post was made), block messages from being
seen by you, and generally give forum owners a much greater amount of time
to exert censorious control over what you're allowed to read and when. I
don't prefer that tradeoff.
Now, for a lot of that stuff I just read message forums and don't bother
There is just no way I could keep up with the amount of conversation
that goes on in those communities, and that is why they have forums
rather than lists.
I can think of reasons some prefer web forums over mailing lists, none of
which have anything to do with the amount of conversation: some people
don't really want the administration of hosting any service so they
outsource that job to a web forum by hosting their discussion to Reddit,
Facebook, or some other system they don't administer. One thread (perhaps
it was on this mailing list) encouraged the FSF to adopt a Discuss-driven
web forum on the basis that it was more liked by (the inchoately described)
young people. No evidence was given to back up that claim but the claim had
nothing to do with the amount of conversation.
My experiences with mailing lists involving hundreds of people tells me
Lists are really only good for a small group of people that are
frequently writing to each other.