Looks like I don't have access to post to this list currently, so I asked
Jas-Nix to post this on my behalf.
Seems like there's been a small misunderstanding here. As far as I know, and
according to the discussion at the e-devel mailing list, this list was
supposed to be changed in the following ways:
a.) It should be public from now on. As Dan pointed out, we are trying to
encourage users to contribute and provide feedback.
b.) This mailing list isn't supposed to stay necessarily as a "low volume"
Also, the list should from now on be used for some (at least the critical)
website-internal discussions as well, and for other related tasks. For
example, Marco's post on this list which included that preview picture of
his new theme (ie, he submitted it to the Get-E.org staff via this list) is
fully suitable for this list - the other post (the one about compiling
themes) was not though.
As for the comment about a separate translation forum, that would also fall
within this (new vision of the) e-web list. The E17-translators list is
strictly E17 related. Discussions regarding Get-E.org user guide
translations are perfectly suitable for this list - and this is a suitable
system for finding new volunteers.
I do agree with your point that translations are not really that important
to keep updated at this point, but this hasn't been our policy; we have
tried to keep everything updated even for the present, even if E17 isn't
"ready". Our policy so far has been to support (there are disclaimers though
that we do not "officially" support) E17 even at this stage. That said,
translations have always suffered from inactivity, and we haven't really
kept them a "high priority". Once E17 starts moving toward alpha stage, we
are eventually going to have a "crunch" period in regard to the
translations, as you suggested - but we are going to try to keep the
translations maintained even at this point.
On the fact that this list already got a few off topic mails (it wasn't that
bad, personally I think people are taking it too seriously). I'll take the
blame for that. I posted a news article on Get-E.org yesturday that users
are welcome to join in and take part in the discussion. What I did not add
to the article, was a note that everything needs to be strictly on topic (by
this, however, I mean that translation/preview picture submissions for
example are ok). I assumed everything would know that because the name of
the list was e-web. In other words, sorry - that was my fault. I've added
some disclaimers to the article now.
(vrln on IRC)