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Re^2: plz replace this super ugly & damned bad board by a supergood one: take open source [of course]

by jdtoronto (Prior)
on Aug 28, 2006 at 13:26 UTC ( #569980=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: plz replace this super ugly & damned bad board by a supergood one: take open source [of course]
in thread plz replace this super ugly & damned bad board by a supergood one: take open source [of course]

Back in the days of dial-up BBS systems and then Usenet - threaded mechanisms were very common, and this feature is, I believe, one of the greatest factors in their usability. The old forums on Compuserve were also a good example.

However the move of many groups to plain mailing lists makes it far more difficult to follow threads of conversation. Several groups I know of have gone to Yahoo, for example, and it is now far more difficult to manage. Excellent threads get lost in the dross of the daya to day, usually irrelevant, noise that these lists generate when un-moderated. Sadly moderation doesn't really work either. Self moderation by thread management is far more effective IMHO.

jdtoronto


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Re^3: plz replace this super ugly & damned bad board by a supergood one: take open source [of course]
by bart (Canon) on Sep 07, 2006 at 22:30 UTC
    However the move of many groups to plain mailing lists makes it far more difficult to follow threads
    Use a proper mail client, one that respects threads. This is a solved problem, all mails that are replies have a "References:" header with a list of message ideas it is a followup to — not just of the parent, so the thread structure is retained even if some messages go missing.

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