Thursday, November 30, 2006

E-mail Tasks Q6

6. What are the pros and cons of email lists versus discussion boards?

An email list is a list of email addresses, usually of a group of people who use email to hold discussions about pre-determined topics or areas of interest. When one user sends an email to the list, each member receives a copy and may choose to read, respond, or ignore that message. While a discussion board is an online bulletin board where you can leave and expect to see responses to messages you have left. Email lists have information sent to your email and then you can choose to read it or reply to it. A negative aspect about it is that it’s not real time and you could wait a while for a response if you do choose to reply. I’ve noticed that email lists spam a lot so this is another negative feature. Discussion boards are not real time either, but if both users are online then the reply could be much faster. Discussion boards are great because you sign up for one that is specific in your area for example sport, and there will be many other sports members already there. So if you leave a question the other members could reply back to you with their knowledge and expertise.

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