On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 3:27 PM, David Doria wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 3:21 PM, Bill Hoffman wrote:
>> David Doria wrote:
>>> Is there any reason not to have a discussion forum online rather than a
>>> mailing list? Personally I find it really "old school". I mean why would you
>>> like seeing things like
>>> >> something
>>> >>> something else
>>> >> another thing
>>> >> there
>>> showing up in your email all the time, when you could go to a nice,
>>> organized forum and search it easily and search for new/unanswered posts,
>>> etc. There are even free ones that work great (phpBB, etc).
>>> Any comments?
>> This just came up on the libcurl mailing list....
>> Here is a blog entry about it:
> I agree with that, only if you are on 100 mailing lists though! I'd say the
> average user is on < 5, and then it becomes very reasonable to go scan a
> forum when you have time. Clearly it's an opinion thing, but if anyone
> agrees with me maybe there should be a vote or something?
Well, I have to agree with Bill and Amitha on this. I can see many
people liking forums rather than e-mail, but I for one couldn't keep
track of nearly as many forums than mailing lists. I know it is a
matter of preference, but I find that forums are not as organized as
Now, from the experience and traffic that I have witnessed in the past
few years in the maintainers list and the users list I would have to
think that a forum would not be well attended by most of the lead
developers of VXL (I may be way off, of course). Hence, you/others are
always free to start a forum for the community, but it is my humble
opinion that it wouldn't be successful without the active
participation of most of the developers. So, that should be taken into
consideration after gathering the feedback from this thread.
On the other hand, what I do believe is a very valuable resource for
the community is to combine the mailing list support with a community
grown and well organized documentation in the wiki.
Just my two cents,