On Jan 27, 2008 6:07 AM, John Vertical <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > And this is just one difference in the list; far as I can > tell, "mailing list culture" and "forum culture" are quite distinct, > probably "usenet culture" and "blog culture" too. So I don't think this is > as simple an issue as content filtering! > One thing I've noticed on mailing lists versus message boards is that on mailing lists, people tend to be far better behaved and mature about things. I visit gardening boards and am on the medit-plants (Mediterranean gardening) list, and I've noticed that people tend to stay pretty much on topic on the list. On message boards I visit, it's usually flame wars, political discussions (that edge toward neo-con politics), and nasty attitudes wrapped up in falsely innocent posts intended to fan flames. I pretty much cannot stand the ZBB board because of many posters there (call it snobbery, elitism, or what, I remain firm). So, I tend to be an off and on visitor to message boards.