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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Forum outage
Date Sat, 01 Oct 2011 21:09:10 GMT
I think this is not something to address in the abstract.  

I suggest visiting the OOo forums and seeing for yourself how 
they work and what might be appealing to people who prefer using
their browser to obtain support, find useful information, etc.

Start here: <>.

Also, not all mailing-list systems are created equal.  If you
have registered an ID at, go here and see 
what being logged-in with your ID provides:

Those lists also
have the usual manage-by-email provisions, but isn't this nice?
Visit the archive of a popular one, visit a post, notice that
replies can be made from your browser (no quoting or threading
though [:<(.

These are not substitutes for each other, even though there is
certainly overlap in what people can accomplish using them. It
is, in particular, not a one-size-fits-all deal.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Holtzman [] 
Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2011 13:14
Subject: Re: Forum outage

On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 07:47:31PM +0200, Andreas Säger wrote:
> Am 30.09.2011 18:35, Doug wrote:
> >If anybody cares, I *hate* forums. With a list, you get a bit of
> >everything,
> If it is an emotional question then it is about the end user's
> emotions rather than yours.
> End user support by mailing lists simply does not work. The
> acceptance is extremely low. Same with the overall quality of
> service due to the technical restrictions.

Could you please expand on your objection to mailing lists?

> >and you can select those things that interest you.
> >With a forum, you can only ask a specific question and wait for an
> >answer, and you will never learn about anything else.
> >(Yes, I know you can read the posts, but it is a lot more trouble, and
> >not worth the time and effort.)
> >And you have to sign in all the time--it doesn't just appear on
> >your screen. Sign-ins are a pain!
> >Just my 2¢ doug
> Obviously, you have no clue what you are talking about.

Again, could you please expand on your opinion?

Bob Holtzman
If you think you're getting free lunch, 
check the price of the beer.
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