Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: Web browsers still don't work

Author:Dave Winer
Posted:3/29/1999; 3:20:16 PM
Topic:Build interfaces with xml: XUL (cnet article)
Msg #:4668 (In response to 4665)
Prev/Next:4667 / 4669

I've asked countless times, though not at this site, why people can't just use an NNTP server for their (optionally password-protected, moderated, private) newsgroups. The usual answer is the need to hook into proprietary databases, control page turns, etc. I'm sure Dave has good personal reasons for thinking this is a better format for *his* forums.

No those aren't the reasons. I actually did it just to piss you off! ;->

Sorry I couldn't resist. The answer is simple. I don't use NNTP, never have, don't think I ever will. So when I look for a solution, I don't think in terms of NNTP. It's human nature to re-invent the wheel. Ask Netscape why they did RSS when format was already out there. Embrace and extend. That's what happens after NIH.

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