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Re: NNTP access etc. to FUDforums ? [message #161646 is a reply to message #161631] Sat, 23 January 2010 16:55 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
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newbie.john wrote on Thu, 21 January 2010 16:09
How many days have you got to read my answer ? Newsgroups (if they are private/moderated) are far superior to ANY web forum. Not just FUD. For a start, in a news post it is absurdly easy to intersperse comments in a previous post. As is so well illustrated by this post it is almost impossible to do that easily in a web forum post. Unless someone is well versed in HTML and/or programming.

Really? I just hit "quote" right now instead of "reply", which gave me everything you posted as text. To answer each phrase, I select it and hit the button marked "quote" to display it as you see. I type my reply; I select the next phrase; I hit "quote" again. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Replying to a web forum post might be fine IF one only askes one question at a time. Otherwise "who said what" becomes a mess... Unless of course one puts all one's comments at the bottom of the post. Which is just plain dopey, as well as inconvenient. A reply that is 50 lines beneath what one is commenting on can create confusion, as one may lose track of "which of the stuff above" is being commented on.

That would indeed suck.

When a news post paragraph is replied to immediately after itself then there is no confusion as to what is being replied to.

True enough. You've noticed that most of the replies in this thread have comments interspersed?

Also, if this were a newsgroup and I wanted to download all of the posts then that would be absurdly easy in a newsreader. Downloading thousands of posts in a newsreader would only take me a matter of minutes.(Can I do that with FUD messages ? I doubt it.)

I've never tried - Frank? Can it do this?

Also, I can easily make a newsreader "view" for such things as "unread messages" or "last 3 days" etc. etc.

You noticed the clickable text in the header above which is marked "Unread Messages", "Unanswered Messages" and "Today's Posts", right?

So archiving/posting/searching etc. are all very very much easier in a newsreader.

I'm here because the NNTP server I used didn't do it for me. YMMV but I found archiving in a forum format far more convenient. I think what you're really saying is that you prefer NNTP for archiving because its strengths are strengths you require and its weaknesses are weaknesses you don't care about.

Lastly, I have one more question regarding the above. If Tom, Dick and Harry posted in a FUD forum that mirrored to an NNTP server then would their posting info be different names eg. Tom, Dick or harry ? Or would all the different posts be a single address eg. "From FUD forum" ?

The posts will show up on the NNTP server with the user name and address they have at the forum.

[Updated on: Sat, 23 January 2010 17:00]

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