[Centos] NNTP versus web forums

Sun Jan 9 17:56:49 UTC 2005
Matt Shields <mattboston at gmail.com>

Yes, I've used NNTP before most people, even before that I ran BBS's
and used FIDOnet for our discussions.  The comment about Yahoo Groups
was I didn't want to use Yahoo Groups as a newreader and we shouldn't
expect our users to go to another website to particpate in our
discussions. Maybe old and outdated was the wrong wording.

When you look at it, WebForums are the new NNTP.  They just have a
better interface to them.  One thing to keep in mind is a simple
interface like Xoops or any other forum software is to the benefit of
a Linux newbie.  You aren't asking them to install anything, and they
can just go to our website and browse for more information or help.

I just think that all information should be easily available in 1
place (centos.org) through a common interface.  And when you look at
Xoops (or other content engines), it has forums, news management, and
documentation built in.

Matt Shields

On Sun, 9 Jan 2005 12:33:57 -0500, Jim Zajkowski <jim at jimz.net> wrote:
> On Jan 9, 2005, at 7:12 AM, Matt Shields wrote:
> > NNTP is old and outdated as well and I'm not a fan of subscribing to
> > Yahoo Groups.
> I think perhaps you misunderstand.
> You use a client on your computer, for example Thunderbird, Sylpheed,
> slrn, Agent or Unison, to connect to an nntp server.  Nothing with
> Yahoo Groups, or Google Groups, or any of that.  Also note that there
> is a difference between usenet and nntp: while usenet is shared over
> nntp, not all nntp servers serve usenet groups; you can have a private
> nntp server that does not have any usenet groups on it.
> As to being "old and outdated," that's pretty funny thing to say in a
> UNIX (1970) support forum.  TCP/IP is "old," dating from 1974.  SMTP
> (RFC 821) is from 1982.  NNTP's is from 1986.  HTTP isn't new either:
> Tim Berners-Lee says the first remote URL was hit toward the end of
> 1990.  Linux was first distributed in late 1991.  Old isn't so bad:
> it's well understood, it's been around the block long enough for broad
> adoption, and usually if it's that old it actually does the job.  New
> and slick frequently means untested and buggy.  Fine for video games
> and hobbyist systems, lousy for systems where outages mean money.  At
> least that's my opinion.
> --Jim
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