Re: [NTLK] Dedicated Newton Forum?

From: Grant Hutchinson <>
Date: Thu Sep 04 2008 - 14:03:44 EDT

On Sep 4, 2008, at 5:34 AM, Morgan Aldridge wrote:

> The truth is that while I'm not against a forum, per se, I don't see
> it being terribly useful for long. Forums tend to foster a community
> where people jump in to ask a question and just leave (either
> forgetting to come back or never return once their question is
> answered).

This debate crops up every once in a while and the mailing list
remains a constant and vibrant source for discussion. Morgan and other
are correct in saying that mailing lists are different animals than a
forum/bbs/messageboard. They offer different solutions, presentations,
and interfaces to the same issue: focused communication within a
specific community.

A previous thread:

> There are always die hards that stick around, but had a
> good forum for years that fell into a state where only random people
> who happened across it asked questions on it and Grant had to answer
> all the questions when he checked up on it.

I'll admit that the Newted Community Messageboards suffered from a
couple of things: 1) lack of external traffic outside of the server
itself, and; 2) a rather convoluted registration system which didn't
integrate with the existing Newted accounts.

That being said, there was a lot of valuable information shared on
those boards ... which I plan on reviving as archives shortly.



Grant Hutchinson
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