NNTP and thunderbird-related lists

Dan Mosedale dmose at mozillamessaging.com
Wed Jul 28 22:46:25 UTC 2010

  In the last little while, we've created tb-planning and tb-enterprise, 
two mailing list / google group pairs that don't have NNTP 
counterparts.  While I talked some about the reasoning there at the 
time, I didn't really go into enough depth.  I've gotten repeated 
requests to explain in more detail, which I'd like to do now.  As part 
of that, I'd like to start by making sure that I've heard and understood 
why people were hoping that there would be NNTP access.

I did a quick review of the relevant conversations in tb-planning and 
dev-apps-thunderbird that I could find using Google groups, I saw two 

*  When one subscribes to a mailing list, the default behavior of most 
mailers (including Thunderbird) is to dump that subscription into their 
Inbox, which subsequently needs to be dealt with either by manually 
creating a filter, or by handling all messages in the Inbox.  Newsgroups 
do not have this issue.

* When one subscribes to a mailing list in a desktop client (including 
Thunderbird), there's no immediate context displaying the conversations 
currently in progress.  A user needs to go find a web archive of that 
mailing list in order to see existing relevant conversations.  
Newsgroups don't have this issue either.

If this isn't a good summary, or if there are other reasons folks wanted 
to have NNTP access for those (and future Thunderbird lists) that I 
haven't mentioned, please reply to this message with details.

After I've replied to any responses, I'll dig into the rationale tomorrow.


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