Re: RARA-AVIS: Forum Format

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 18 Feb 2008


I can only support this...

There are too many things to do in a day, besides our jobs, to go to a bulletin board, or other similar items...What is great about this present format is that it comes directly to your mailbox and it is up to your own time management to regulate what, when, and where you want to read and respond. You can save the ones you want to read for later if you don't have time now, you can delete immediately what you think is not of your interest...The bulletin thing is cumbersome, and above all not immediate and all the extras (avatars, emoticons, profiles...) are, for our purpose, totally useless...

I go regularly to bulletin boards but only if I want an opinion or advice about items I want to buy or learn more about (electronics, computer programs...), a little bit like consulting Consumers Report on the net...Aside from that I just simply don't have time and wouldn't bother with it for something like all our literary topics...

Thanks for the offer though and I understand that it would make sense in some cases,

That's the opinion of this Dé´˛oit

On 2/18/08 3:02 PM, "" <> wrote:

> I strongly disagree. If it switched to a bulletin board, I would really no
> longer participate or even read it. That is more work and I read and post on
> this at work and would ABSOLUTELY NOT do so on a bulletin board at work.
> Jordan
> ----- Start Original Message -----
> Sent: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 13:17:19 -0000
> From: "Mark R. Harris" <>
> To:
> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Forum Format
>> I seriously propose that rara-avis-l consider migrating from the now
>> quite antiquated Yahoo Groups format to vBulletin or another similar
>> system that allows for far wider functionality, including choosing the
>> threads one wishes to subscribe to, having user profiles and avatars,
>> offering basic HTML coding for bold, italic, etc., offering emoticons,
>> etc., etc. Yahoo Groups has in my observation deteriorated to a format
>> for the clueless, with a very low signal-to-noise ratio in most
>> groups. Ours is an exception, but I think it's time we got out of here.

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