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Posted on 06-23-2000 12:29 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Jym Williams Zavada

Actually, Mark did an excellent job of outlining the reasons for the
forum's current appearance and functionality, so I've taken the
liberty of posting his e-mail here. I hope you don't mind,
Mark. 8^)

On Fri, 23 Jun 2000, Mark W. Krentel wrote:

> > But seriously, this is a nice message editor for entering messages,
> > Jym, but it badly needs message threading.
>
> Do you have something in mind? We've talked about this a little, but
> nothing really concrete. There are several ways to go: mailing lists,
> news groups, message board, etc. Recommendations? I think Josh
> Kaplan and Scott Brady are working on something, but I don't know how
> far along they are.
>
> I think in time we will move to a more sophisticated solution. But
> don't underestimate the value of a simple solution. We're only
> getting about one message per day, and at that rate, the simple
> solution is fine. It requires almost no maintenance and it covers our
> immediate needs while we think about a more long-term plan.
>
> --Mark

The only thing I'd like to add is that I'd like to encourage Al and everyone
else to make specific suggestions or recommendations as to software or
features or functionality that you'd like to see here. Also, we can always
use volunteers to help us do Internet searches, and to help us implement
solutions.

As an aside, rather than kill you, Al, I'll just mention that I too like the
idea of threading. However, you have to admit that, for a lightweight,
extremely portable, web-based message forum, my quick fix does a pretty good
job. The whole forum consists of 2 files: the index.cgi program, and the text
of the messages. If we move to our own Linux-based server, it will be
extremely easy to migrate. If we decide to use some other program, it will
also be extremely easy to write a perl script to parse the message text and
massage it into other formats.

I'll have to modify the code to implement a web page that displays the source
code and directory, to get us started on a real open-source collaboration
effort. I think it would be great if we could not only say "we did it
ourselves", but offer it to others in the Linux community as well!

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