Monday, April 25, 2005

What's wrong with RSS for mailing lists?

Depends on the kind of list and the purpose.

Using it to republish publicly available lists on a website? Good. Using it to keep up with a list that is announcement only? Good. Using to keep on a list that requires members to communicate with one another? Bad.

Mailing lists that depend on their members sharing information and responding to one another are done a disservice by RSS. RSS tools don't make it easy to reply by email and that is what these mailing lists are all about.

Just in case you thought I was all RSS, all the time.

(in: mailinglists, currency, consumption)