Minutes of the mozilla.org Staff Meeting of Monday 22nd September 2003
Monday September 29th, 2003
The minutes of the mozilla.org staff meeting of Monday 22nd September 2003 are now online. Issues discussed include Mozilla 1.5 final, Mozilla 1.4.1, Talkback, Mozilla Thunderbird, the September 30th deadline, the Roadmap, the Mozilla Foundation employees mailing list, localisation and moving the web and mail servers.
#27 The average interner user
Tuesday September 30th, 2003 6:54 AM
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The problem with the average internet user is that they no longer get given a proper introduction to the internet. Most people I've introduced to the Usenet love it. Many people have thanked me for introducing them to groups.google.com - it's often far easier to find answers there than on the web. The Usenet isn't going to die anytime soon as the number of internet users utilising it is still increasing, even though the percentage of them is decreasing. Even Microsoft are pushing the platform more, and looking to leverage it, especially today in technical circles. It's all about educating people - and I think most people prefer reading threaded articles in a proper client rather than web browser once they've been properly introduced.
As for your point about authentication putting people off... you're probably right. But does it matter in this case? Is the ordinary internet user even going to be marginally interested in the content? I don't think so. This case isn't the time or place to be advocating the Usenet.