Comments on: REBOL Forum on Google Groups
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Comments on: REBOL Forum on Google Groups

Carl Sassenrath, CTO
REBOL Technologies
5-Jan-2005 0:19 GMT

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A few people have suggested that we try Google Groups for the REBOL forum. We're not so sure (yet). Let's give it a quick test drive for a week or so. If you would like to try it, here's what to do:

  1. Click on google groups.
  2. Type REBOL in the search field.
  3. Click on the REBOL related group link (while trying to ignore the ancient Larry Wall comment from 1999 that I think he deeply regrets - hey, what ever happened to old Larry Wall anyway?)
  4. Optionally click on the "View titles only" link on the right side of the page.
  5. Now pick a topic to read and you're off and running.

The advantages of using Google Groups are:

  1. Provides easy public access via the web.
  2. Can handle messages via email.
  3. Requires an account to post messages.
  4. Indexed by Google (but only under Groups).
  5. It is free. We don't have to manage it.

The disadvantages are:

  1. The Google Group interface design is not the best.
  2. Feels pretty "klunky" compared to something like AltME or email.
  3. Will be slow on low speed connections (web pages vs altme messages).
  4. Does not get indexed by main Google search engine.
  5. It's not managed by a REBOL-friendly provider. Meaning, it could simply vanish along with all its messages if Google decided that group hosting is not worth supporting.
  6. It's not written in REBOL. Yet.

So, be sure to tell us about your experience on Google Groups. In fact, post your message to the REBOL group in the "Is this a viable ML alternative?" started by Gregg Irwin. (I would give you the URL link, but it's pretty long and ugly.)

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