Wouldn't a forum be a far better idea?
miscdas at boxfrog.com
miscdas at boxfrog.com
Thu Oct 10 02:29:01 CDT 2002
I vote with Jerry for a forum. When I first started to go through the
mailing list archives, it was a real nuisance to not have topics with the
threads beneath them.
The mailing list isn't such a good format for newbies, but its limitations
go almost unnoticed by the regulars. Isn't a large part of the
Revolution/MetaCard goal to attract and keep newbies? If yes, then more
emphasis should be placed there.
I belong to or lurk several MM authoring forums. I've seen several designs
that are very good. There is no reason why a good one (with good design, UI,
etc.) couldn't be implemented for the Revolution community. This is,
afterall the 21st century people...
Jerry Thomas writes:
> Dear Mailing List Participants,
> I have been using the runrev mailing list for a few weeks now and OK I'm a
> newbie to revolution.
> But, because I am a developer who uses several different software packages
> I belong to several different use groups and I'm not a newbie to
> multimedia or support.
> I believe(with much experience behind it)that the user mailing list is a
> very poor way to assist users and that FORUMS are by far the better idea.
> Yes, I know, most Rev users are so used to this system that change may be
> resisted but the long term best interests of everybody would be served by
> the changeover to a forum method.
> WHY A FORUM METHOD?
> First topics are defined by the header and replies go directly underneath
> that header so when a user responds to a given thread it can easily be
> understood. With the mailing list, unless you republish the question the
> reply just hangs there in space with no context. With the forum method the
> next replier can reply to the reply and to the general topic and be well
> There is so much repeated,republished text in the mailing list method that
> just wastes time and space but without which the list would be
> Second forums provide continuity, with a search function you can quickly
> determine whether someone asked your same question months or even years
> ago with out searching archives.
> Third, forums can provide a way to separate topics so that one doesn't
> have to read many,many posts that are unrelated or irelevant to your
> project or topic.
> Everytime I go to read the Runrev mailing list I come away needing eye
> drops and aspirin for my head.
> The interesting thing is that you already have a forum but have relegated
> it to newbies. The truth is that newbies can't teach newbies very well.
> The best thing for learning is a mix of a pool of experienced users who
> are willing to help and newbies willing to learn.
> I think both your experienced users and your newbies (if you intend for
> the company and community to grow) would be far better off moving over to
> the existing forum and the company Runtime Revolution would be better off
> if it had easier to understand support.
> Check out a high quality forum for Multimedia Builder at
> www.mediachance.com (web boards from the menu on the home page) Like Run
> rev this is a real COMMUNITY of users. The forum method means that you
> can follow the conversations and learn from topics and threads that can go
> back months and even in one case years.
> Right now as it stands you have a very difficult to understand mailing
> list and a sorely treated, almost competely unused forum.
> Thanks for listening. I'm just trying to help you build a better company
> and user community.
> What do people think about moving this user group over into the existing
> forum? Any Comments or suggestions?
> Thanks again
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