[originally posted to alt.collecting.stamps, post-forwarded by me to
Llody has stated that he supports philately online. His critcs have said
that he supports *his* philately online. He has responded that he
supports *all* philately online. The message below says different. Not a
mention of rec.collecting.stamps or .marketplace. It might as well not
exist. Maybe that's the plan, eh? (was that too cynical for Christmas?)
>>active discussion forum covering world stamps?
>Try the Virtual Stamp Club, at http://www.virtualstampclub.com
>(for discussion) its message board. It's the best place on the Web for
>latest philatelic news, information and discussion.
>Although much of it is about U.S. stamps, not all of it, nor all of its
>members, are American. (Recent discussions include Canada and Belgium.)
>It's in English, it's already open (and has been for 4 years this
>free, and many messages are illustrated.
I've steered away from the Delphi forum for several reasons:
#1 Delphi has a rep for spam-harbouring and spamming forum recipients
(which I can attest to being the case at least two years ago).
#2 The ads, especially the banner ads, scattered throughout the pages
#3 You never knew (and probably still don't) if you were getting good
advice or a commercial solicitation. So, was this recommended because it
was a good idea or because the person had an interest in the outcome?
#4 It seemed to me that to duplicate what was already being done on on
usenet, largely user/grassroots supported and driven with what was
essentially a forum largely driven by commercial ends was both damaging
#5 Moderated forums. This is a tough one, but a "forum" is by it's very
nature an *open* one. Now, I'm not suggesting that any censorship exists
or that any criticism is squashed, but there is the possibility of such.
That's why I didn't subscribe (to discuss) to the Compuserve forum or
any of the other excellent lists that exist. They serve a purpose, but
not as an "open forum". Only usenet serves that function because the
only moderation is the group as it interprets the Charter and its
ability to convince an offender or the offender's ISP to act. The
decision gets left in a much wider range of hands and is thus more
likely to be equitably managed.