One of the most underused features of Windows SharePoint Services is discussion lists. I don't think I have ever seen an implementation where a vibrant community has been interacting using discussion lists. On the face of it you'd think this would be a killer feature. Web-based discussion lists are a central feature of any internet-based community/collaboration site. Yet when I go work with large corporations this feature is invariably ignored. I got to thinking recently why this might be. My theory is that in the corporate environment there are so may other ways to communicate that offer more advantages:
So what do you make of WSS discussion lists? Is there something wrong with the feature set they offer? Do you use them, or is my theory correct?
[Update 18/1/05]: Also see follow-up post: SharePoint Discussion Lists - What's Needed To Make Them Work?