Did you know that Microsoft is discontinuing nntp in favor of web based forums? I’m a little sad because I cut my teeth on nntp (Network News Transfer Protocol, or more familiarly newsgroups). But I spend very little time on nntp these days, so it won’t effect my life too drastically.
There seems to be some question about where to post programming related questions. MS’s Answers forums are for the consumer audience. Once again the VBA programmer is left out in the cold. Maybe we should just get the hint and learn C#.
In the mean time, I’ve created these VBA Forums for when nntp gets closed down. In time, and as necessary, I will be getting a better domain and better forum software, but I just want to get something up before nntp is shut down completely.
The best scenario is if MS provides a viable alternative and makes these forums useless. I would like to think they will do just that, but I wouldn’t bet my hard-earned money on it.
As for forum software, my choices seem to be sucky and extra-sucky. I despise most message board software. There so much clutter, it’s hard to find the question or the answer. I applied the simplest theme I could find, but there’s still too much crap. Just questions and answers, that’s all I want. I’m not sure if I’ll find what I want, but I can guarantee that it won’t allow animated gifs.
Currently there is one board for each host application that I could think of. Leave a comment if you there’s any I’m missing. And there’s one group for when the host application doesn’t matter. I thought about breaking it down even further; particularly between advanced and beginning topics. That’s just not going to work. When I answered questions on nntp, I checked every Excel group anyway, so they might as well have all been in one. And it’s a difficult line to draw. So all the Excel questions will go in on and Access will go in another an so on. I think that will be best, but we’ll see.