[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu UK Forums

Philip Wyett philip.wyett at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 03:55:00 GMT 2007

On 18/03/07, Chris Rowson <christopherrowson at gmail.com> wrote:
> I checked out the ubuntuforums.org earlier today to see whether or not
> there was a UK LoCo section there.
> I was a little surprised to read that the mailing list had voted not
> to have a presence at ubuntuforums.org and I have a little difficulty
> understanding why.
> Surely in this day and age, forums are a viable alternative to mailing
> lists, and even preferable in some situations. I wondered if the
> decision to opt out of ubuntuforums.org was influenced by a fear of
> such a presence damaging the usage of the mailing list.
> Whilst I can see why this might be a slap in the face to people who
> have invested so much time into building up the mailing list, surely
> if people would prefer to communicate through the forums, it'd be a
> good idea to use them and 'grow' the community.
> I am - I know making the assumption that people prefer forums, but I
> think in general this assumption seems to be true. Where mailing lists
> are the mainstay of open source and linux communication I think forums
> would give the group a higher profile and encourage a far greater
> interaction with the community.
> Does anyone else agree or am I alone? Is there any harm in requesting
> a UK LoCo forum?
> Chris

I have been asked why I do not help folks in the forums of another OSS
I develop for before and this was my general answer:

'I can filter and manage inbound mail far easier than browsing forums and
often than not I can pick and choose what to look at higher speeds on my
local drive
using searches rather than in a forum where I am held back by
server/connection speeds.
It is also far easier to track my responses via sent mail items rather than
trying to
track anything on a forum.'

Time is also a massive issue. Personally I have bill paying work, OSS work
and what I a
laughingly call a life away from computers (a beer or ten occasionally :-D).
So reading so many
messages across many support platforms just ain't feasible!


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