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Re: forum vs email [was: Re: table-for-column]




I have been a resident of this list for a very long time. In the early
days, this was the only place to get reliable information about what was
then a relatively obscure database system. Now, local and online bookstores
have shelves full of books, many of them authored by list regulars. We have
expert forums which have become more more mature and tens of thousands of
example projects readily accessible on github and Google code. And,  lest
we forget, as the product and the documentation matured,  fewer desperate
situations arose. The list of not such a critical last resort as it once
was.

It's true that the list lost a lot of steam after the Oracle acquisition
and Monty's rants had a polarizing effect. Since then, it has been low
traffic with few threads of much interest.

In spite of the rapid rise of NoSql, managed instances of MySQL on a cloud
have become a major commodity. The relational model is not dead and
reliable implementations will always be in demand.

On Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:53 Jigal van Hemert <jigal@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 05/12/2014 20:54, Jan Steinman wrote:
> >> From: Johan De Meersman <vegivamp@xxxxxxxxx>
> >>
> >> I've long wanted to - but never quite got around to - write a forum
> that integrated a mailing list. Bar mail clients that don't handle list
> threads well, it really doesn't seem such a difficult task.
> > There actually seem to be a lot of these around. I'm on several that
> send me email when there are new forum postings.
>
> On typo3.org there used to be mailing lists only in a distant past.
> Later on newsgroups were set up which communicate with the mailing lists
> (newsgroups are the central source of messages).
> Rather recently a forum was built on top of the newsgroup data (FUD
> forum was used). Users on all three message sources can easily
> communicate with eachother.
> Only some mail clients have difficulty keeping the threading headers in
> tact, but other than that there are no real issues.
>
> --
> Met vriendelijke groet,
>
> Jigal van Hemert.
>
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