James Montgomerie’s World Wide Web Log

On Pushing, and the Apple Developer Forums

I posted a question to the Apple Developer Forums today. This is almost always an exercise in frustration, and I think I have an idea why. It’s because web forums are inherently a ‘pull’ service.

It used to be Apple ran developer mailing lists (and they still do - Cocoa Dev, for example, is still thriving), but they’re now pushing people to use the developer forums instead, and not creating mailing lists for new technologies.

A mailing list is easy to ‘hang out’ on - just sign up, and the emails are ‘pushed’ to you. Normal human compulsions then …