I said many people, not everyone :-)
I think a web forum is good for many reasons but many busy professionals wont go on the forums :-( that is the reality.
On 2 January 2011 20:34, Lucy <[log in to unmask]>
Many people use different web forum during their leisure time and they don't want the List mesages getting into their mail box just when they are working or are busy with other things. Yes, I know that they can always read them later but later.... there are more postings to go through and this is discouraging. People are different. Some prefer e-mails, some other prefer web forums. So, I don't agree with Shane.
In some ways I agree with Shane. People will not make the effort to go up on the web to read the messages posted there, if they do not have the option of receiving the messages in their email. Can people, in a web forum, choose to receive their messages through email too?
Some do, some don't. I can look for a forum with no or "user-friendly" ads.
Since the web forums are free, do they throw ads at you? We used to have one of our List Archives on Yahoo egroups, and they forced readers into seeing full page ads before they could read the message they were searching for, and some of those ads were sexually-explicit and I was concerned that an educational group like our SignWriting List might have children with teachers accessing the Archives, and I did not want those ads being thrown at our users, so Bill Reese helped move our second Archives over to LinguistList.org (our Archive 3) ...which was a fortuitous move -