[OSM-dev] Mailing list -> forum?

Nick Black nickblack1 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 26 11:35:58 BST 2006


As I said in response to the first mention of forums a few weeks ago, I
think they would have some serious benfits in organisation, information
management and tracebility.  I dont know what mail clients most people are
using, but even with Gmail's search it is sometimes quite tricky to find
past messages.  I'm just glad I'm not using Outlook.

Would it be possible to have forum threads mailed to the mailing list for
those who like the mailing list setup?

So +1 to at least considering a forum for discussions.


On 4/26/06, Immanuel Scholz <immanuel.scholz at gmx.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> I find it hard to follow diskussions as the volume of the list increases.
> Sometimes, there are just so much new posts mixed together (people don't
> always use proper header tags for thread-replying) that I am bored to sort
> out the topic's I am interested in.
> Also, I have caught me now several times, that I don't write an answer,
> just because I think "someone else is surely already replying just now".
> And searching through older posts is not *that* comfortable with my email
> client here.
> We had at least one guy asking for a forum rather than a mailing list yet
> (and not much people ask in *mailing lists* for a forum. If I remembered
> correctly, he would also helping setup and maintaining it :).
> Next thing is, that there could be more topic distributions as there are
> now (just 'dev' and 'talk'). It is very time consuming to me, to even sort
> out all new threads that don't interest me. For my case, happily this
> currently leads to the fact that I read almost every thread. But if the
> volume increase futher, I will surely don't have the time to do so and
> maybe tempted to just ignore most new threads. I know of at least one guy
> who didn't join the list because of the volume and the inadequate ways to
> filter out threads of interest.
> Mailing lists are to me more a thing of "wakeup call", to announce
> something or for things that really need to reach the people. I would not
> classify much of the current traffic under this category.
> I assume, that with a forum scales better in terms of lucidity and is much
> more efficient for people in handling different discussion threads.
> So my question is: How much traffic is tolerable until we close the
> mailing list and switch to a forum?
> Ciao, Imi.
> PS: I would be in a strong favour of a *CLEAN* and *SIMPLE* forum. I speak
> of a forum *without* stuff like blinking banners everywhere, animated user
> picutres of half the size of a laptop screen and especally one which don't
> turn beatuiful ascii arts into ugly pacmans ;-)
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