|Re: Thanks for a simple, easy to use forum|
Message #13 Posted by Paul Guertin on 27 Aug 2011, 5:56 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Bill (Smithville, NJ)
This is a small forum and I rather enjoy the simple interface. But please allow an old fart to vent his spleen about web forums in general.
Coming from Usenet, I was amazed at the lack of features and general unusability of web forums, compared to a decent late-1980s vintage NNTP newsreader. I imagined it would soon be corrected, but that was more than 15 years ago, and there have been few improvements.
No threading, no scoring, no regexp-powered searching or killfiles, no way to automatically read all new articles just by pushing the space bar. Plus, every forum lives on its own web page with its own password and its own idiosyncrasies, and of course you cannot type one command that will fetch all new articles from all forums that you frequent and cache them locally, so you can read them without having to wait for the network.
Web forums in general are awful to use, and that's why I only read a handful these days, compared to the dozens of newsgroups I used to follow in the 1990s. Thanks to scoring and killfiles, it was easy to find what interested me, and since I never had to wait for a web page to load in order to read the next message or thread, I could skim a newsgroup as fast as I could read.
But now you can type :-) and get a yellow smiling face. I guess that counts for something.