Re: Important: Encourage people to join the list
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 06:34:27 -0700 (PDT)
I don't think here is the place to go into all the technical details, but
as a very abbreviated summary: built-in threading (reply based, not
subject-based like email clients provide); easy, intuitive searching;
profiles (no more people getting yelled at for forgetting to put in their
community name); no need for digest and getting yelled at for not correctly
trimming; sortability; multi-media; ability to delete or edit a message;
geez, the list goes on and on and on.

In general, when a technology is designed for a single, specific purpose,
it is better for that purpose than more general technology. This is no

and the single, overarching, most important, completely unarguable
advantage: young people actually use it and find it a comfortable, natural,
familiar way to have a discussion. My young adult offspring wouldn't sign
up for an email list, and if they did, would rarely read it.

Almost as important: easily locatable. Which was your very point in
starting this discussion -- why aren't people using this list?

"I’ve had and seen much more convoluted and fierce discussions in every
other format"

That is a matter of culture, not technology. Flame wars can happen in any

On Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 9:20 AM Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> > On Jun 16, 2021, at 8:28 AM, Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll [at]>
> wrote:
> > Actually email is about the worst possible way to have discussions like
> > these.
> Why? I hear people maintain this often, but I hear no reasons for it. It
> does require a moderator, like any discussion, to keep things on track and
> summarize “where we are”, but I’ve had and seen much more convoluted and
> fierce discussions in every other format, especially F2F.
> > The only thing good about it compared to technology designed specifically
> > for group discussion, like Reddit, is that it’s a push system (stuff just
> > arrived in my email box) rather than a pull system (I have to take action
> > to access the content like visit a website).
> Can you explain how Reddit works? I haven’t made a study of it but I can’t
> see the advantages.
> (And the gray type on a black ground is a no go. I can’t imagine that this
> got through an accessibility test.)
> Sharon
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