Ubuntu-Au Forum

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Sun Oct 18 09:29:19 BST 2009

2009/10/18 Dave Hall <dave.hall at skwashd.com>:
> On Sun, 2009-10-18 at 17:35 +1100, Sridhar Dhanapalan wrote:
>> A risk of contributing to some random Web site is that there's no
>> certainty that your information will remain publicly available at that
>> address for the long term. Web sites come and go.
>> Like I've said earlier in this thread, the answer to the forum/list
>> question is to use a service like Google Groups or Gmane to have a
>> Web-based interface to a list. This is explained at
>> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AustralianTeam/MailingLists
> That is why I proposed the compromise plan - use a forum with a mail
> interface and link it to the relevant lists.  It would also allow us to
> make more lists available to Australia ubuntu users.  FUDForum is
> capable of doing this.

But we already have a compromise plan: a list with multiple forum interfaces.

That gives us:
  * an e-mail list, professionally and reliably administered by
Canonical (lists.ubuntu.com)
  * forum-like interfaces through Google, Gmane, etc.
  * a centralised and reliable store of message archives
  * other archives around the Internet
  * no burden of administration on any community member

Any other approach would:
  * be less reliable
  * be less flexible
  * require administration

Another key question is who will own the posts. I don't want my posts
to be owned by some unknown entity. I can post to lists.ubuntu.com
with some assurance that they'll do the right thing with regards to
rights. Even if they don't, my messages are still mirrored around the

Bring choice back to your computer.

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