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July 27, 2000 14:30
Re: message board system
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Just a quick comment: 

I agree with Steve, I like things more condensed and visible.
Slashdot spreads things out quite a bit, but perhaps that's better for
news type applications(?).

I've had pretty decent success with using a SQL backend to store
message for later retreiving.  PostgreSQL has been good to me, and
receintly (w/ my own testing) it was twice as fast as MySQL, and of
course is a real[tm] RDBMS with the expected documentation, stabilty,
and less tendency of segfaulting (relative to MySQL, anyway).

Anyways, I wrote a simple discussion group here (using mod_perl and

I'd strongly suggest using an email-list as a primary mechanism, and
augmenting it with an on-line discussion group with the usual
searching tools.


On Thu, Jul 27, 2000 at 01:56:22PM -0700, Steve Fink wrote:
> I don't trust anything I can't grep.
> A messageboard as an additional interface would be useful. But I can't
> write scripts to scan a message board, I can't read it offline, and I
> can't sometimes use mutt and sometimes use Netscape to access it. [And
> in most] I can't mark as read, delete, or re-file into other folders. I
> can't apply mail filtering rules.
> And "slashdot-like" gives me the creeps. One of the worst interfaces
> created to date.
> Message boards are good for archiving and when you can somehow benefit
> from collaboration (i.e., other people can contribute something useful
> like ratings for *old* messages.) And they're good for website-specific
> forums that nobody would want to bother subscribing to a mailing list
> for.

Philip Edelbrock -- IS Manager -- Edge Design, Corvallis, OR --
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