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This assumes that the level of "desire" is constant.

The advantage of a listserv is it requires little or no effort to monitor and no more effort to participate (writing a contribution is the same in both cases.) A forum requires effort to monitor and the way this one is constructed n times the effort since one has to monitor multiple threads.

With a listserv, I can watch the subject lines go by and decide my level of interest.

As I pointed out before, the people who construct and maintain the Net do not sue forums.

However, we all know that none of these considerations have anything to do with the decision.

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That's quite funny,

 > the only complaints I have got so far were out of laziness of the user.

The advantage of "listserv" is that it requires the absolute minimum of time and effort by the readers and writers to maintain a high-level of participation. The disadvantage of it is that it requires more an more effort on their part to maintain a fractionally smaller level of particpation.

The advantage of "forum" is that it requires the absolute minimum of time and effort by the readers and writers to maintain the lowest level of participation. The disadvantage of it is that it requires more and more effort on their part to maintain a fractionally higher level of participation.

I think that is why we find the community split on preference of "listserv" versus "forum". Those who aspire to a higher fractional involvement under the present system bemoan the move to "forum" because that will require more effort on their part to achieve or maintain. (To call them lazy is ludicrous).

Those who aspire to a fractionaly lower involvement under the present system (who want to avoid certain topics, discussions, etc.) welcome the move to "forum."

Cheers,
Terry

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Just read the last remark in the topic I sent a minute ago

"I am currently moving a Google Group over to a phpBB system, so far it is going great, and the only complaints I have got so far were out of laziness of the user."

also from
<http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=600139>http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=600139

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