As I am on the other side of the planet from most of you, it seems that
all of you responded to this while I was asleep. I'd also like to
respond to this; as they say "better late than never"...
I would be able to use the RSS feed, but if, as someone mentioned, some
users behind Draconian firewalls stop posting, post less, or even if
their posts are delayed as compared to current response times, it makes
Adepters less valuable to the group as a whole. I know that if I were
unable to see the RSS feed it would be very unlikely that I would check
the web site each day.
I do, however, appreciate the archives being stored online. For the
first 2 years or so that I used Adepters I was unable to access even
somewhat recent posts. Then some miracle occurred and I have since been
able to search and view all posts recent and ancient. I would certainly
not call the archives user-friendly, but at least it seems to work. I
don't like to search through email, so the archive is very important to
me. I haven't used any of the other PTC forums, so I can't say what they
are like, but if they are like PTC's current support pages, I doubt I
would ever be able to find what I was looking for.
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Bartlett, PG wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> In the whirlwind of changes that have occurred since the acquisition of
> Arbortext by PTC, one of the last areas to touch has been this
> discussion group. Now, PTC's IT department would like to move adepters
> to use the same technology that every other PTC-hosted forum uses.
> Before making the move, I'd like to explain the advantages and
> disadvantages to the group and get your reactions. Personally, I think
> the change would be an improvement even though I will be inconvenienced
> until I get used to it, but if most of you are passionately opposed to
> this change, I will bring that feedback back to my management and IT to
> try to find another answer.
> Let's start with the negatives first: the new forum would no longer use
> email. You would be able to sign up for an RSS feed to receive messages
> automatically, or you could go to a website to get the messages. Just
> as now, you would be able to each message delivered immediately after it
> was posted, or you could get a daily digest. To post, you would have to
> go to the website. (I tried RSS once and didn't like it, but maybe I
> was using the wrong tool. If we do agree to switch to the new forum,
> I'll ask our IT department to suggest some tools.)
> Some things would remain the same. We would move over the archive so
> you would still have access to everything that has ever been posted.
> All of the web-based capabilities of the current tool would still work
> -- although the evidence suggests that only a few of you use those
> web-based tools today.
> On the positive side, there would be no more problems with subscribing
> and unsubscribing. Because there's no email, the list would no longer
> have to be "closed" to protect against spam. Everyone would be able to
> subscribe and unsubscribe easily.
> Please feel free to post your comments to this forum or send to me