[CentOS] SPAM on the List

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 15:54:51 UTC 2011

On 7/18/2011 10:27 AM, 夜神 岩男 wrote:
>> (6) Having to visit a web site and then log-on if one wants to respond.
> I keychain the logins (I think most browsers have a function like this
> now -- I think even elinks does, and elinks is a great way to browse
> forums, btw) and don't worry too much with it after that.

So do you typically provide helpful answers to forum questions sooner 
after they are posted when you have to forum-hop than you would if they 
land in your inbox or later?

> I find this to be a *lot* less trouble than twisting my email setup into
> something email was never intended to be.

Email wasn't intended for receiving messages and replying?  Hmmm...

> So... what is wrong with newsreaders? In my experience the provide all
> the benefits of email (speed, uniform interface, etc.) that you listed
> as well as all the benefits of a post/fetch paradigm that I get from
> forums without any of the hassles of either.

Interesting that you bring this up in the context of spam.  The problem 
with net news is that all of the servers stopped handling it because of 
the porn and copyright-infringing binaries postings that overwhelm it.

> That we aren't communicating through a newsgroup has always been
> puzzling to me for the exact reasons that you and I both listed. If we
> were to design a new protocol to solve both problems it would likely
> turn out to be very like newsgroups -- yet we don't use them and they
> exist and are easy to set up.

A news service with censorship might be OK.  Until they censor something 
that you wanted to say or see.  Forums with rss feeds might be a middle 
ground to centralize the reading side but there's still the issue of 
standardizing the forum interfaces so you don't have to figure out how 
to reply again for every interesting topic.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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