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Message Posted: Thu, 09 Sep 2004 @ 21:07:15 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Quoting of Forum threads
From:   Victor Sokovin

  While I appreciate that folk on the Teradata forum are responding to questions can I remind them that not all list recipients have web access. For those of us that don't, links to threads on the forum web site are useless in the recieved email.  

Good point. TDATA-L is a mailing list so postings should ideally be self-sufficient.

However, the mailing list has been very active for many years and its archives have become an asset by themselves. With email access only you miss out on the possibility of searching in the archives, the option I personally find very useful. Referencing old threads can sometimes be the fastest way of answering the question.

The lack of web access to the archives for some subscribers might partially explain why we see the same threads again and again. It's a kind of a circle. Because they repeat themselves it is sometimes easy to just reference the previous thread, but then if the original poster does not have web access, the URL won't help.

I wonder how many subscribers use email only. Perhaps not many but it is hard to tell without statistics.

I remember web-to-email gateways in early days of WWW. Haven't used them in ages but they probably still exist somewhere. You might look into that possibility. The working of such a gateway is very simple. You mail it the URL (in this example the old thread reference), and you get back by email the contents of the page requested.

John, could you recommend such a gateway, or perhaps an alternative solution?



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