Newsgroup versus mailing list (was Re: Gap4)

Andy Law Andy.Law at bbsrc.ac.uk
Fri Feb 19 05:20:06 EST 1999

In article <7ajcub$h6a$1 at pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk>, jkb at mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk
(James Bonfield) wrote:

> A mailing list, with a WWW interface to it, may be a less spamable solution.
> Indeed if it was WWW only then that would make it almost automated-spam
> free, however a proper mailing list is probably preferable.
> Everyones comments are welcome on how we should proceed with a new
> list. Is having this newsgroup good enough? We would ideally like our
> users to help each other as much as possible (it leaves more time for
> ourselves!), and to have discussions which may lead to software
> improvements.

My vote is to leave it as a newsgroup. I find newsgroups much easier to
navigate (since Newsreaders have threading virtually as standard) and you
get the added benefit of getting all your messages archived at Dejanews
for free.

I know mail readers are available that will do filtering and threading,
but we don't have them here and they are far less widespread than decent

Andy Law
(Andy.Law at bbsrc.ac.uk)
(Big Nose in Edinburgh)

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