Re: [dev] Re: Starch has a web site

From: Strake <>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2012 09:26:28 -0500

On 08/12/2012, lordkrandel <> wrote:
> On 08/12/2012 05:30, Kai Hendry wrote:
>> Stick to a mailing list with Web archives.
> I've always thought that forums, bbs and mailing lists are
> "plain old hierarchical filesystems" gone astray. These tools represent
> bad implementations of written communication between users.
> Imagine threads as folders, mails as files, subthreads as subfolders.
> Users should be able to create their topics and posts, but not to modify
> or delete anything. The mantainer can compress the topics with gz when
> it's time to make an archive.
> If you do not care about their user base, and also do not care about
> integration with mail clients, just share a folder over 9p, FTP, HTTP or
> whatever.
> SMTP and POP suck hard.

Well, web fora, yes, but a mailing list is actually a decent model of
written communication between users. True about SMTP. I never use BBSs
or POP so I can make no worthy comment.

The forum could be a mere sticky directory, which would allow all
normal forumnal activities. The difficulty is how to share it: the
only user ID is the server's, so UID checks are in vain; even with 9p,
which can authenticate a remote user, it must then set its UID, and I
will not have such a server working as root!
I could check UIDs in the server, but that means more code...
A mailing list is easier to configure.

In this case, I'm limited too by the host machine, which is not mine.
Received on Sat Dec 08 2012 - 15:26:28 CET

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