[OSM-talk] Re: [OSM-dev] Mailing list -> forum?

Tom Carden tom at tom-carden.co.uk
Wed Apr 26 12:03:02 BST 2006

On 4/26/06, Nick Black <nickblack1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.

OK I've changed my mind on this since last time it was raised. A forum
would probably be useful given current levels of traffic I suppose.  I
do worry that things will get too fragmented amongst mailing lists,
blog, wiki, trac, IRC etc. but I think we'll be OK.

PHPBB or similar?  Forums for newbies and introductions, hardware,
client software, server software, and miscellaneous?  To be reviewed
after a couple of months?  And the templates should have clear links
to the wiki FAQ and Trac for bugs.

I think that things like gmane help a lot if you're just casually
following the list.

I personally have no trouble using gmail. I only use it for lists, and
by and large its conversation threading is pretty good.  (Actually, if
you're not using a threaded mail client to read this list, how the
hell do you cope?!  I seriously recommend splitting mailing list
traffic out from your personal mail, at least with filters if not by
using a separate address, no wonder people are getting frustrated!)

dorbotlondon's announce and blabber lists work very well - perhaps OSM
needs an announce list for people who want to track official things
but don't want to follow every little detail?  I imagine most
'announce' type things would also go on the blog, but announce would
cover things like planned downtime, events, milestones reached, etc. 
Once per month or less, on average.


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