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Question: "Why don't you use "social media" ?

Answer: This has become a FAQ (Frequently Answered Question) !

This is (temporary address, needs to move to ../std/)
www . berklix . com /~ jhs / txt / web_forums . html

Other Texts & Other FAQs by Julian H. Stacey
  • No, I'm not on web private forums eg Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Gulp etc.
  • No, Not everyone likes to use "social media", aka web chatter forums.
  • No I'm not alone using mail lists, I am on between 50 to 100 mail lists that have lots of other people.
    One of my mail filters: www . berklix . com / ~jhs / dots / .procmailrc_lists
  • Yes, more people less technically skilled like click & fumble `social' web forums.
  • Yes, lots don't want to learn mail lists or anything else.
  • Yes, Most of them used to Microsoft, No need to follow them).
  • Yes, Mail lists can help exclude fumblers too lazy to think.
  • Yes I know how low that bar is, as I support too many incompetents too lazy to think, on a small subset of mail lists.
  • Yes many technically highly competent friends like mail lists, & tend to avoid web forums that attract more newbies, & less skilled people.
  • Yes, Anonymous forums more often become ANTI-social, irresponsible, & trivial, than mail lists with a real personal sender address that encourages responsibility.
  • Yes, web forums avoid spam by mail, But also usually anonymous webs have more noise from members, so forums are then censored by usually unpaid egotists to keep noise down.

The choice is thus noise from mail spam or noise from anonymous forum members with less discipline.

  • I prefer noise from spam than forums, as I block almost all spam automatically. ( Despite my servers & my addresses are massively assailed by spammers, harvested from public archive sites with my addresses on, some un-obfuscated from era before spammers existed, + my domains + lists I'm on & run, (most especially all the MS PCs harvested by spammer viruses on certain clueless lists I run)
  • I avoid monopolists such as Microsoft Facebook Google etc trying to privatise the Internet & lock everyone in, so avoid using them. I'm a keen supporter of Open Source & Open Standards. Other supporters of Open Source & Standards in Munich include eg BIM & SFD & Linux & Gnu & other clubs.
  • I prefer Push (mail) To Pull (web) technology, eg I want my devices to be able to hold archives of messages to be read, without needing free instantaneous fast continuous internet connectivity.
  • BTW: Some domains such as freebsd.org offer a choice of mail lists & web forums: last I looked the web forums seemed less well informed than mail lists maybe 'cos newbies like the lack of commitment & learning of web forums.)

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