[texhax] Blogs

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Tue Jul 18 17:07:02 CEST 2006

On 7/18/06, Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk> wrote:
> Victor Ivrii wrote:
>  > This cited email demonstrates at least one advantage of blogging: if
>  > Mr.Taylor had a blog, he could put his flame there instead of
>  > submitting it to the mailing list :-)
> But I haven't, and I wouldn't :-)

Never say "never" :-)
Actually I was really surprised to learn that blogs are pretty much
used by some of social scientists

>  >
>  > While I agree that many of blogs (and their cousins bulletin boards)
>  > became places of incredibly stupid and nasty flame wars, at least some
>  > of them are really helpful. Personally I would prefer the current
>  > mailing list to be replaced by a bulletin board (which could be much
>  > better structured).
> I confess I do participate in bulletin boards from
> time to time, but the probability of my responding
> to a request for help on a TeX-related issue is
> many many times greater if I receive it on e-mail
> than if I were to have to read a bulletin board
> in order to learn of the request's existence ...

Well, in the sense of getting response fast mailing list beats BB for
sure. On the other hand, if a problem appears and I remember that
there was a discussion of this problem in the list I look in my
massive gmail subscription and go to archives. However one can notice
that there is a bunch of questions which are repeatedly discussed all
over again. In mailing list there is no way to join all these
discussions but in BB it would be rather easy.

Victor Ivrii, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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