However I can also see the benefits of either an email notification or a newsgroup type subscription. In both cases, the posts would all be local rather than having to retrieve them from the server. This has several advantages:
[*]It could allow offline perusal of the lists.
[*]It could allow greater searching of postings.
[*]It could mean faster switching of topics (I have a 512k ADSL link here in Sydney, but even with that it is sometimes painfully slow getting a page from the States - just depends what else is happening somewhere between my box and the server).
When it works, you get a "filled in" bullet point.
If you use the [ list] option you get an "empty" bullet point.
But it only sometimes works ... and sometimes it appears as above.
List bullets - that's strange; I never noticed that. Probably because I never tried using the [*] outside a list; I just followed the instructions instead. Note that in your post, I don't see any "empty" bullet. The first is a filled-in round bullet; the second is a filled-in square. Looks the same in Mozilla, Opera, and IE. Do you still see something different?
The UBB code to parse submitted posts does some strange things sometimes. Sometimes it seems to depend on whether there's a space in front of a tag, or what other tags are also one the page, or the phase of the moon, or something else. :roll: I've made a few attempts to make sense of it, but with little luck.
So do you think it would make sense to offer e-mail digests of posts, but only allow responses from the web page itself?
Possibly .... but in this case I would like to see a link (or possibly links if it is a digest going out) in each email being sent out so that people can easily get back to the original thread and post to it if they so desired. This link would be one of the ubb=get_topic variety, not the ubb=reply variety so that people would have to see the full set of replies before they posted their reply.
Having said all that: I would have to admit that I probably wouldnt be one of the users of such a service: I post too frequently to be interested in getting responses in email and then going to the website to add my comments. Which I am sure someone somewhere must want
List bullets - that's strange .... I just followed the instructions
RTFM? But I am a programmer - I dont RTFM
Note that in your post, I don't see any "empty" bullet. The first is a filled-in round bullet; the second is a filled-in square. Looks the same in Mozilla, Opera, and IE. Do you still see something different?
Hmmm, Opera 6.0 on Redhat Linux 9 shows the first as a filled in round bullet and the second as a non filled in square. Mozilla 1.2.1 (or is it 5.0?) shows the first as a filled in round bullet and the second as a filled in square.
1. For each new topic, send out emails to all the interested IDs
2. The email is not plain text or plain htmls..its a *intelligent* html which has got code in its "onload()". This code appends the new replies, if any since the last time the user read this email (or to keep it simple, every time, get all the posts and form the html)
3. the user can reply using email. the replyto email address and subject will be used by the server to determine where which forum which topic to add this post to.