[OSM-talk] Re: Mailing list -> forum? NO!

Joerg Ostertag openstreetmap at ostertag.name
Sat Apr 29 09:40:38 BST 2006


On Saturday 29 April 2006 10:34, Immanuel Scholz wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Petter Reinholdtsen schrieb:
> > Adding a web forum will split the OSM community in half, one
> > part using the mailing list and one part using the web forum.  Please
> > do not do this.
>
> I'd like to add some words. First: I will not going to leave the mailing
> list, even if it grows and produce more traffic ;-). And second, in fact
> I was not concerned about ME using too much time, but about newbies that
> don't join the list or don't ask the questions they have because they
> are unfamiliar with mailing lists, scared of the traffic or have
> unoptimized email clients..
>
> That was the reason I carefully said "How much traffic increase can we
> tolerate further" instead of "Lets switch to a forum NOW".
>
> My suspicion is, that the community is already split: Those who read the
> mailing list and those who don't read it because of some reasons that
> could be avoided with a forum.

This sound better to me. 
If you think creating a Forum for the Newbies is a good Idea. And the normal 
talk-mailing-list is kept for all normal osm conversation this sounds 
reasonable to me. 
But my question is: Who will answer the questions of any newbies in the forum?

-

Joerg




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