Why are mailing lists used when there are forums?
I have had to follow and interact with two mailing lists more closely. Both are technical and people with specialized skills are found on these lists.
I see no advantage at all with a mailing list compared to a forum.
It is difficult to search mailing list information (both in inbox and Google). It fills up your mail box. Email addresses even get searchable on Google. The formatting of the posts is difficult to read.
I refer to two way mailing lists where several of the members ask and also reply to each other's questions/topics. (Just receiving mail from one source is not confusing in itself.)
Can someone please tell me the advantages of mailing lists?