I’m an avid mailing list user, but I think forums are better in several ways (real aggregation by thread providing better navigation and better search), but there is the only reason why I use mailing lists: All my notifications are centralized in one place, my email inbox.
I’m searching for some forum engine able to replace mailing lists, but I still haven’t found it. How smart is Discourse at integrating email and the forum engine? I mean:
- Can I reply to the notification email to reply to the thread?
- How good is the email reply parser? Is it going to ruin all formatting or will it separate my signature from the rest of the body and try to convert message quotes in the native quoting format of the forum engine? I think it’s very difficult or impossible to do it right, but I’m willing to spend some time tuning options in my account to help the tool and the result doesn’t need to be perfect (just good enough).
- Can I get notified of all on-going discussions? (for some projects, I do need to be aware of all discussions and click “subscribe to topic” on most of forum engines is not going to deliver me all posts like mailing lists)