[SpamCop-Mail] Re: This newsgroup is going away
nobody at spamcop.net
Sat Jan 24 00:16:12 EST 2004
"AlphaCentauri" <anonymous at anonymous.com> wrote in message
news:but1ap$c9a$1 at news.spamcop.net...
> But you don't understand. I don't want to
> read ALL the posts in a newsgroup that gets
> 100 posts a day. If it is a forum that gets
> a dozen posts a day, it's likely narrowly
Pretty strange concept. This newsgroup gets
100 posts a day. This newsgroup is going away,
as all the posting will be in the web-based
Forums. Why the decision that 100 a day
will dwindle to a dozen?
> enough focused that those reading it want to
> read all the posts. Then this format makes
> sense. But this forum is all over the place.
This is a newsgroup, not a forum. Topic
drift is the nature of the beast. Not necessarily
intended, but it happens.
> By the time one thread ends, it may have
> covered several other subjects. No way I'm
> going to be hitting my space bar and going
> through all of them. I want to scan the
> titles of the threads and just enter the
> threads that interest me. Then if the entire
> thread is on one page, it's quite fast.
And now you're back to believing that the
poster actually put up a meaningful Subject
line. And, just for giggles, this same problem
exists in web-based Forums. So it's hard
telling how many answers you flipped on by
because the Subject Line didn't actually relate
to the query.
> As far as keyboard commands, there's not much
> need to use a keyboard on a webforum unless
> you are posting, so switching back and forth
> with the mouse isn't an issue. If your mouse
> has a wheel, it's even easier.
Yet for some folks, it's finding the mouse that's
at issue. Hell, I hit some keys on this keyboard
last night with a Sharpie once again, and I've
already worn off that "permanent" ink off of
several of them yet again.
> And as far as searching and archiving, most
> of the web forums I've seen do fine.
Searching perhaps, but I'd say you've a different
definition of "archiving" then most, especially thos
based in the good old NNTP structure.
> And maybe it is obvious to everyone how I
> would respond to a thread started in November
> and have it show up where everyone will see
> it now, but it isn't to me, and there are no
Generally, you wouldn't respond to a post from
back in November <g> The world has moved on.
> instructions. My mail program can show
> latest posts or latest threads, but it won't
> bring an old thread up with the new ones if
> it gets a new comment. You have to scroll
> through dozens of threads with no recent
> comments to find the ones that have received
> a comment, or else lose the threading format.
And some clients have a "Hide all read posts" for
instance. So the only thing that shows up on the
screen is the "new" stuff. Or if it's that critical,
sort on date, hit something that's of interest and
with that note selected, turn on threading. I'll
skip the usual commentary on you 'needing' a
new client, but will suggest that you need to
play with what you've got and see what the
capabilities actually are. As you like the mouse,
use it and click on stuff to see what it does.
(within reason of course <g>)
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