Setting up a xubuntu-team mailing list

David Pires slickymaster at gmail.com
Tue Apr 29 16:13:01 UTC 2014


On 25 April 2014 08:03, <xubuntu-devel-request at lists.ubuntu.com> wrote:

>
> Hello there,
>
> during the meeting today [1] there was some discussion to set up a new,
> low-traffic, high-importance list for the Xubuntu team. Only team
> members could post to the list, but everybody could subscribe to read
> the list.
>
> Topics and tasks for the list would include:
>  * Voting on project-related questions (currently done during the meetings)
>  * Announcing meeting minutes and monthly team reports
>  * Calls for testing, or request for other input
>  * Other important project announcements
>
> Some of the pros of setting up this new list include:
>  * The team is currently heavily organized in IRC, moving more of the
> important communication to a low-traffic mailing list could make
> contributing less exclusive
>  * A low traffic list would be easier to read for the team members as
> well as other people digging up decicions and important milestones later
>
> There are some potential caveats to the new list:
>  * Subject/topic partly overlaps with the current developer list
>  * Not allowing people who aren't team members could make the list seem
> exclusive (though commenting on issues would still be possible on the
> development list)
>
> Alternative options include:
>  * Start using a speficic "tag" for the aforementioned communication
> (and possibly automoderate non-team members' posts with that tag)
>  * Increase the strictness of the moderation in the developer list to
> make it lower traffic and more relevant (con: probably affects list
> atmosphere and makes the thresold to post too(?) high)
>
> I hope we can get all the issues raised before the next meeting, and
> that everybody would have some kind of opinion before the next meeting
> in two weeks. Start discussing!


In my opinion, one of the greatest arguments that just by itself not only
justify the creation of this mailing list but also would reveal itself as a
very good asset to the team workflow, is the fact that by moving to this
ML project-related discussions will certainly circumvent something that
recurrently happen during last cycle, which was the impossibility, for one
reason or another, of having the entire team present at the meetings to
decide/vote on key aspects related to the team strategy and thus increasing
the response rate and help ensure decisions are
agreed upon by a better portion of the team, as Sean already pointed.

Cheers,
David Pires
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