off topic but appropriate

musicman datakid at
Mon Jan 19 15:15:42 UTC 2009

I use both.

For instance, look at the recent thread on ssh security on this list -
you can't or don't get that vitality on a forum.

note that the question also ignores the irc channel #ubuntu that is
also useful...

networked cultures have networked solutions...I think of it like the 3
blind men and the elephant problem - with enough rays of light from
enough sources you can see even the largest of things..."many eyeballs
make bugs shallow" et al...


On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 9:43 PM, Ken T. <ktectropy at> wrote:
> On Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:29:48 -0800, tom arnall wrote:
>> Hi Folks,
>> This post is off topic, but please read it as I think you will consider
>> it appropriate.
>> First the question:
>>       Why do you use this maillist instead of the ubuntu users forum?
>> I ask this question because I am working to organize a maillist for
>> political discussion. You may ask, "There are hundreds of them already.
>> Why add another?" The short answer is that for all practical purposes no
>> one uses them, although people use political forums like
>> extensively. Understanding this difference in
>> participation is the next step in my project.
>> Thanks in advance for your help,
>> tom arnall
>> arcata
> I can read this mailing list using NNTP from Gmane.  I like this better
> than web forums.  Of course if I want to discuss politics there are any
> number of newsgroups to do so.  Unless you have something really
> interesting to add, I would find a different project.
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