It has taken me 5 minutes to login, and access the Inventor NG. It took one minute to access this page so that I could post this message. It would have taken 5 seconds via NNTP. Congratulations Autodesk, you have managed to kill the Golden Calf.
As to RSS. I have absolutely no reason to get useless replies cluttering my inbox. I get enough of those already from adobe's site. I can't even get an administrator there to kill the one feed that I foolishly selected.
This discussion group has lost all the value it once had.
I had used the newsreader for several years, up until about 3 years ago. When I moved over to the web based reader, I did not really like it at first... but I have gotten used to it. I agree with all of the issues that you bring up. It is nice to be able to scroll thru all the messages.
If you are only seeing 15 or so posts on one page, you can change that. Go to the "My Settings" link on the upper right. There you will find the Preference tab. Go to the linear layout and you can change the number of posts per page.
One thing that I like over this new web design is the "My Subscriptions" over on the right that shows what messages I am subscribed to. You had to jump thru hoops to find it in the old version.
They also made it so we could add a signature to our posts. Another welcomed improvement is that we can now post more than one attachment. This may not mean much to the NTTP user because they could already do both of them.
I remember reading your posts over the years, and I hope we don't loose you over this. Give the web side a little time, hopefully you will grow to like it.
I am trying to keep an open mind, but have to agree with everything Walt said. I can understand that online forums give better control to the administrators, but I have yet to see one hold a candle to NNTP for user functionality.
I don't get here as often as I used to, and I just cant see clicking through 15 to 20 pages of posts just to see if any topics peak my interest. These forums have grown so big (of course they may start to shrink now) that even with NNTP it takes a lot of time out of a day to look through all the posts. I just can't see doubling or tripling that amount of time.
Interesting... this is one of the few places I have seen that my built in Firefox spell check doesn't work.