What's the difference between a forum and a mailing list? For me mailing lists are so confusing that I do not even go near them. But now I want to contribute to a project on SourceForge and I would like to post some questions but I can't find a way to post there. There is no "New Post" button
And what is this newsgroup? Eclipse.org uses newsgroups and they don't have e-mail alert, topic subscription, they have nothing.
Mailing lists are just like Yahoo groups/Google groups. You subscribe to a mailing list and become a member of that. Each mailing list will have it's own set of mailing rules just like each forum has it's own set of posting rules.
One thing that can seem difficult with mailing lists is how to keep track of a particular discussion. In forums you have a thread for a discussion. Whereas for mailing lists, each reply to a discussion is a separate mail. Fortunately most mail clients have an option to group messages by subject line. In web based mail clients, Gmail has that facility. That's why most mailing lists actively discourage you to change subject line while replying to a mail.
Yes, I always loved forums but I hated this mailing list and newsgroups. One thing that I don't like in JR is the inability to subscribe to the threads that we may be interested in.
We have such an awesome community, if we have this feature I am so sure that we will have an even better community and we can see people getting back to the thread and there won't be the case of "forgetting". I am not saying people here don't get back, please don't get me wrong. I am saying if he have this feature, we will all have a good time.