On Wed, Aug 09, 2017 at 03:48:34PM -0600, Keith Medcalf wrote:
> There is a solution since about 1984 ... it is called NNTP (Usenet
> News).  Google Groups is basically Usenet News with a (so some people
> thing -- but not I -- I detest so-called web-forums) purty front end
> to the news reader.  Gateways between mailman, bitnet, usenet, and a
> bunch of other stuff existed for a long time (and still do, mostly).

I... would like to use NNTP, but I'd need someone to provide the
service.  Though I'd be annoyed at having to use two different UAs (I
use mutt primarily; it doesn't support NNTP).

On the other hand, anyone running a mailing list could easily provide a
read-only IMAP service given a suitable implementation.  That would be
easy enough for users, but the MUA bits are missing.  (Sadly, very
little work is being done on MUAs.)  Providing a mostly-read-only IMAP
service would be possible, but it requires at least a modicum of account

What a mess.

Another thing I've done in the past is: download list archives, run a
script to fix the From lines so the archive is then a proper mbox
format, then use mutt.  :)  It helps if the archives keep Message-ID

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