[Homeroast] What Coffee Do You Buy, When You Can't Roast

Dhananjaya djgarcia at improbablystructuredlayers.net
Thu Jul 11 16:34:16 CDT 2013

Michael, you're confusing content and distribution / access. This list's content (as opposed the list of user's, which is what
you're alluring to) is potentially the same as any forum. You express your opinion / view on a specific subject, here being home
roasting coffee. The difference from a web forum is that you receive the content as a batch of messages you read offline instead of
roaming through the threads online.

Both forums and lists can be and are used for marketing purposes. There really is no difference in the potential content, only the
access method differs. The list is great for keeping up to date, not so great for ad-hoc research. Two different interfaces with
different conveniences.

And there is indeed a list message history on the server, accessible to users. It's the list archive.

Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:07:20 -0700
From: "Michael Baladi" <mike at baladi.ws>
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This is an email list, not a forum. Email lists are one of the biggest form of advertisement on the planet. What do you think most
SPAM is? If I'm forming a new business and only advertised on my website I can guarantee you I'd fail as a business.

The greatest weakness of this list as a form of record on discussion of beans is the lack of history. I don't have a local copy of
everything sent on the list. The copy I have seen online, frankly, the interface sucks.

Not to mention, I think there's a lot of potential to a direct link from the ordering page to a history of the beans purchased from
that coop/farm/etc...

Not just Tom's views, but discussion on that bean as well.

No one's forcing anyone to use that information, but I think it'd be a great resource for those interested.

I don't know, I guess Amazon has it wrong by leveraging user reviews? Yes, there's a lot of crap to weed through on there sometimes,
but if you know how to use them I find them invaluable.


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