On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 2:24 PM Barbara Morris <bmorris@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 2020-01-27 1:11 p.m., John Yeung wrote:
On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 1:07 PM Rob Berendt <rob@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Sounds a little like looking at it from https://archive.midrange.com/midrange-l/202001/ but with the capability to reply.

That's it in a nutshell.

First, let's keep in mind that "in a nutshell" doesn't imply that all
the nuances are captured, just that the essence is expressed
succinctly.

The threading part is similar, but otherwise, the experience of using a
newsreader seems much better than using the archives:

- the newsreader keeps track of what I have read

For me, my browser almost does, in the form of a different color for
visited links. It does eventually forget them, though, so in this
regard it's certainly not a "proper" newsreader. Not that anyone
implied that it is.

- replying from the newsreader involves clicking on "Followup", while
replying "from" the archives requires going to email and doing similar
copy+paste as I do from a digest

Clearly, the phrase "but with the capability to reply" (note the
"but") implies exactly this.

Rob wasn't trying to say "it sounds like there's no point to a
newsreader, because you get the same thing with the archives". He was
saying "it sounds like using a newsreader is somewhat like using the
archives, except with a handy way to reply".

And I was just confirming to Rob that he indeed got the gist of it.

John Y.

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