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From Andrew Todd <>
Subject Re: Re: Why not a forum
Date Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:25:59 GMT
Apache is an independent non-profit dedicated to the dissemination of free
software. The list archives are freely archivable and indexable by anyone
who wants to -- and there are many sites, such as Nabble and MarkMail, who
do. Using email as the primary means of distribution makes it easy for
third parties to do this.

On the other hand, LinkedIn is a for-profit corporation with a walled
garden solution. It's "free" because it forces people to tie themselves
into LinkedIn's system. It can't be easily archived or indexed without
LinkedIn's permission. And if they decide to end the service, we're in

There are people like me who will not even create a LinkedIn profile on
principle. I don't like the company's business practices.

In short, the suggestion is anathema to a free software organization. You
might as well tell us to use Facebook as a discussion medium.

On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM, Preston, Dale <> wrote:

> I do participate in a couple other Linked-In lists.  I'll check that one
> out.  As the response to this thread shows, though, replies come pretty
> quickly in the email list.  In any case, the Linked-In list sounds worth
> investigating.
> Thanks.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ron Wheeler []
> Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:23 AM
> To:
> Subject: [EXTERNAL]Re: Why not a forum
> On 23/07/2014 9:03 AM, Mark H. Wood wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 03:51:54PM +0000, Preston, Dale wrote:
> >> I was just wondering why this group uses an email list rather than a
> forum.  It seems forum software is more searchable and filterable than
> email lists.
> > If it had been my choice:  because I'd have to go to a forum every day
> > (and a hundred others!) while email comes to me.  I have plenty of
> > powerful email search and filter tools right here on my workstation.
> >
> > Every time someone proposes some other medium for this sort of
> > communication (forum, Twitter, etc.) my first question is "how can I
> > get that in email?"  I can't think offhand of any forum software I've
> > used that isn't uncomfortable, inconvenient and hard to search.
> >
> The Maven LinkedIn forum will send you e-mails plus LinkedIn will inform
> you of activity in discussions in which you are active in all of the groups
> to which you belong.
> Ron
> --
> Ron Wheeler
> President
> Artifact Software Inc
> email:
> skype: ronaldmwheeler
> phone: 866-970-2435, ext 102
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