Nathan Andelin wrote:
The perception is that email comes to me. The reality is that I must
launch an mail client - and the client must retrieve messages from
the server; normally at regular intervals.

What is the difference between launching an email client vs. going to
a Web forum? Furthermore, the network is the same (the Internet).

Yes, but the email client is ubiquitous ... it's almost ALWAYS running and pulling down mail.

With a web browser, while probably also always running, you have to specifically point it to a web site to view the content.

The main difference is that replies under the mail client are mailed
to a list server (out on the Internet) which reflects them back to my
mail server, while forum messages go directly from the browser to
the database.

So what makes email better?

Off line access for one. You can grab a bunch of messages, pull them down to your client, and read them while on an airplane.

More access ... as I've mentioned before, some organizations restrict access to websites ... few restrict access to email (midrange.com's archives were once categorized as an entertainment site).

david



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