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Mailing list vs. newsgroup

David Webb talks about the APD vs. the newsgroup:
>I guess I never answered the question posed...  Postings from
>rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants are not automatically posted on the Aquatic
>Plants Digest mailing list.  The newsgroup and mailing list are completely
>separate.  You must send your post to both places if you want it to show up
>in both places.

Which brings the issue of why there is the need to have both.

Why am I reading the mailing list right now? It's more annoying because 
it comes in the mail, doesn't support threaded discussions, and it's in 
digest format (a major pain). But it's where the quality discussions 
take place. 

So why not move over to the newsgroup? Give the list a month
of life to finish any threads, and just start new ones in the

Afraid of spam in the group? Most ISP do very good filtering these
days, and we'll get little more than in the list. Just look at the
current r.a.f.p and you'll see it's a very spam-free group. If things
get worse, we can turn it into a moderated newsgroup. It won't be any
harder than supporting a mailing list.

The only reason I can see for maintaining the list (other than inertia,
which seems a big issue with some folks), is that some people might not
have news access. That might have been an argument years ago, but not
really today. If you have web access, you can get to DejaNews or some 
other free news server.

So, what do you say, should we jump over to Usenet?