I really prefer this list. I subscribe to multiple list and it allows
me to get my news in one place, my mail client. I have multiple
folders and filter to manage everything neatly. (I use claws-mail)
There is no way I could keep up with all the lists I'm subscribed to
if they were all in a forum format.
I think this list is pretty clean for the most part. There's a few
topics that could remain outside of it but the same would happen on a
forum. With lists, I can easily catch up on different group and reply
quickly if I think I can help someone. With forums, I have to be on
the forum, which I usually don't do unless I have an actual problem. I
think it's just easier to quickly help each other this way.
Maybe a central wiki dedicated to server administrators with
documentation on settings, installation procedure, known bugs, plugins
and so on would be more useful. (Unless such a thing was created
between the last time I checked and now) I remember how much trial and
error it was to run those L4D servers when the game came out,
documentation would have made a huge difference! And it would give us
an easy way to link to known answers to questions.
> I'd like to use this comment as a springboard for a discussion about
> the format of this list.
> I hear that a few years ago the idea of migrating the email list to
> a forum was kicked around. However, at the time (is this still true
> today?) the users of the list didn't like the idea. it is my
> understanding that most server admins prefer:
> 1.) Receiving push notifications.
> 2.) Viewing the list in their email client
> #1 seems like a really compelling advantage (especially for
> announcements), while #2 seems like a personal preference, and many
> people have the opposite preference.
> A forum has several compelling advantages:
> 1.) Easier to search and find answers to previously asked questions
> 2.) Easier to follow a thread of conversation. (I personally find
> any email distribution list to become unreadable pretty much
> instantly, with all the >>>>'s and broken line breaks that
> everybody's mail clients and put everywhere.)
> 3.) Easier to modify your post if you notice a mistake or want to
> clarify something, rather than making a new post.
> 4.) Easier to delete or move posts if they are spam, rude,
> inappropriate, belong in the general TF2 SPUF forum, etc.
> 5.) Easier to ignore an entire thread that you are not interested in.
> Could there be some sort of forum + push notification that would
> satisfy what everybody wants? This list exists to serve you guys,
> so I'm curious what everything thinks. I *believe* most of the guys
> would find a forum format (perhaps with some push notification)
> more convenient.
> It would be good to get some opinions about how people prefer to
> consume the information on this list.
> Please chime in.
> Your humble servant,
> - Fletch