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alright, i guess you workplace poachers win!
guess you guys'll be old-school forever

peace
allen


On 13 Feb 2004, at 3:50 PM, Dan Ellis wrote:

> We are mostly old school here ;-)
>
> I actually prefer the simplicity of the listserver too and as I mostly
> respond at work I don't get busted for browsing the web. Most email
> clients have rules processing so all the email goes to a specific
> folder
> and doesn't clutter up all of the spam in my inbox.
>
> Dan Ellis
> R & D Manager
> Distribution Management Systems, Milford, CT, 06460, USA
> www.dmsinconline.com
>
>
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Allen Evans
>> Sent: Friday, February 13, 2004 3:45 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] SKIVT-L Forum?
>>
>> Marc,
>> I would use a pre-made package such as phpBB or something like that.
>> There is no way I could custom build a forum. This would take
>> way too much effort.
>> Thanks for the well constructed criticisms, still only one
>> person for the idea?
>> Allen
>>
>>
>> On 13 Feb 2004, at 3:40 PM, Marc Chrusch wrote:
>>
>>> Allen wrote:
>>>> In any-case, list serves seem kinda old-school (no offense
>> intended).
>>>> Although they do have some uses, I think that this one
>> would work out
>>>> better an online forum style. I could probably build a fairly
>>>> advanced one of these with topics, user names, profiles, private
>>>> messaging, admins, and so on. Anyone think this is worth
>> the effort?
>>>
>>> Hi and welcome Allen.
>>> Personally, I wouldn't like the on-line forum approach. With the
>>> listserv, since all skivt-l traffic goes through my email client....
>>> 1. It's a *lot* faster than wading around in a browser
>> enduring a page
>>> load for every single action 2. I don't have to be
>> connected to read
>>> and respond to posts 3. I've yet to see any forum software with as
>>> simple a user interface as an email client 4. It's not as
>> obvious when
>>> I'm slacking off at work and reading skivt-l posts 5. A lot
>> of folks
>>> are on dial-up for various reasons, so a browser interface
>> would slow
>>> them considerably
>>>
>>>> It would take some time to build (a week) and it is a fair
>> amount of
>>>> work, so I don't want to bother doing it unless you think it'll
>>>> replace (or  at least enhance) the current list-serve.
>>>
>>> I don't know what your background is w.r.t. software
>> development, but
>>> on-line forum software is actually pretty complex under the
>> covers -
>>> especially with the feature set you suggest. For one person
>> doing all
>>> the coding, I'd guess that 1 - 2 months is a more realistic
>> estimate,
>>> working full time. And that doesn't include integration
>> testing, beta
>>> testing, or implementation. Also, there are quite a few
>> forum packages
>>> already written, UBB Threads being one of the more widely
>> used ones,
>>> so rolling your own is kinda reinventing the wheel. For
>> that matter,
>>> the skivt-l web site already has a web interface for posts. See:
>>> http://list.uvm.edu/archives/skivt-l.html
>>>
>>> -marc
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