| Web based forums are like subscribing to 10 different newspapers
| and having to visit a different news stand to purchase each one.
| Email list-server groups and USENET are like having all of those
| newspapers delivered to your door every morning.
I wholly concur. The long ago version was done with a software package which
served the browser crowd and the newsgroup readers (and those who just
wanted digests), but was a very poor quality implementation. When Rex first
switched to a web forum a small but vociferous group of us on the JPsoft
forums who really strongly want home delivery complained strongly. We are
part of the core tester group which is sufficiently important to Rex so
that he - though grudgingly - enhanced the web softfare, and then on
switching to the Xenforo server its "new post" / "response" notification
feature to actually deliver the message itself as the notification. At least
this is my guess how it is currently done - I do get all posts made by other
users of the forum by email. No, I do not get my own posts, so my local
archive is incomplete, and to make a post I have to log into the web forum
through my browser, but the email already has the links to make it easy. I
had to work at it when the switch to the current server software was made,
but it was worth it.