Forking (was Ubuntu Under Attack)

Eric Dunbar eric.dunbar at
Wed Dec 28 05:58:48 GMT 2005

On 12/27/05, John <dingo at> wrote:
> Eric Dunbar wrote:
> > This is a great thread in the questions is raises, BUT IT REALLY
> Moving a thread from one list to another is never a good idea because
> 1. Probably, many existing participants are not on both lists
> 2. People on the new list but not on the old won't have seen the context
> 3. For those on both, it has little/no effect on the volume of their
> email, but will cause problems with threading, filtering maybe including
> killfiles, and their recalling what went where.

The most important thing was to raise awareness of the participates
that non-problem solving type stuff really doesn't belong on the
"real" list and that sounder was a good place to move the discussion
(if someone is particularly interested they can *join* sounder... they
did it once before to join the main list... it's not like sounder is a
high volume list, and, if you use GMail or some mailer with labels you
won't even notice the difference). Sounder is an area which functions
like a sounding board ;-)... stuff that has long since degenerated
from normal trouble-shooting stuff doesn't belong on ubuntu-users.

As for threading... not that important.

These threads aren't ground-breaking solutions to technical problems
(the last big set of threads (which went on for hundreds of posts)
seemed to be non-stop rants about how evil Canonical devs were for not
activating a particular piece of software in the default install,
which eventually degenerated into a tit-for-tat on how easy-to-use
software and have predetermined defaults are the most evil of all
evils (yes, I'm being melodramatic, but the noise that was passing for
posts on the main list was pretty melodramatic in its own right).

Anyway, have a happy pagan holiday and a  merry new years.


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