Forums vs Mailing Lists

Ed Fletcher ed at
Fri Dec 23 21:08:01 GMT 2005

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Derek Broughton wrote:
| Jeff Waugh wrote:
|><quote who="Daniel Robitaille">
|>>I'm not sure it is a good thing on the long run to have a growing
|>>resentement that we have 2 separate community, one mailing list based,
|>>and one forum based, and the developers tend to hang in one side of the
|>>But is there anything we can do?  It's not like we can force people to
|>>join the forums, and we cannot force people to join the mailing lists.
|>This has been tugging at my conscience for a while now, too. While I would
|>like to suggest that we have every mailing list mirrored on the forums, I
|>know that many of the mailing list contributors [1] regard most of the
|>stuff coming from the forums as noise.
| I can see how Forum users could feel that way.  Personally, I killfile the
| lot of them - it's not that I believe they have less to contribute, I just
| can't follow their conversations when they all have the same name and
| quote.  If the Forums would at least allow people to create an account (I
| expect they do) and use that account information to create the From header
| on the mailing list, I'd stop ignoring them.

A partial solution to this might be to set the forums to allow posts
only by registered users.  AFAIK, most forums are set up this way and it
doesn't seem like much to ask of a potential poster.

(Then again, I think that posting to the mailing list should be
restricted to subscribers also.)

I don't want to cut the forums off from the mailing list.  I've posed
questions on Ubuntu-Users that were only answered from the forums.

I'm registered on the forums but I only use them to search for info.  I
rarely post.  I find the mailing list to be much easier.

Just my two cents,
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