Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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Why is Freecycle a mailing list?

I know that setting up a mailing list is dead easy, but really - it's the ideal application for a website/database.  Having a database of items, each one of which can then be marked with a status.  People could subscribe to notifications if they wanted to know about everythng in their local area, but they could also just come to the website every so often and see the list of all untaken objects.

This seems like something that would be vastly easier to use than the current system - which I don't use because I don't want to be hit with dozens/hundreds of emails a day.

It doesn't seem like a vastly complicated thing to write - and I assume there are some competent web-coders who also like Freecycle, so I wonder why it hasn't happened...
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