Jon S. Berndt wrote:
> On 11/29/06, *Jon S. Berndt* wrote:
> If the community is split into two different camps,
> communication is going to suffer, plain and simple. I can
> receive email wherever I am and reply or not. I can set up
> filters and rules in my email program to sort the email
> posts. If the mails to the FlightGear-devel lists are
> archived in a forum, that's fine. If posts to a forum
> are likewise echoed to the -devel list, that's fine. In other
> words, if there are two ways to view a single communication
> venue, that's fine. But if there are two
> completely independent venues to discuss issues (say, the
> Users list), that would be very, very bad. It really defeats
> the purpose of having any kind of discussion group/list/forum
> at all.
> All good points, but consider that we aren't really starting
> anything new here. There are FlightGear forums that exist already
> (i.e. Avsim) where useful discussion occurs and where people
> actually expect to post questions or comments and get help and
> feedback. So the forum thing is already in play ...
> True, the forum thing is already in play, and communication is
> likewise already suffering because of it. I know this from experience.
> I'll be doing a Google search and find a reference to JSBSim, for
> instance, with questions in it that simply go unanswered. I don't have
> a problem with people discussing FlightGear or JSBSim or whatever in a
> forum in Avsim, for instance, but it should be stated and understood
> that if the question cannot be answered there, then the "official"
> mailing list should be turned to. I'd just hate to see people pick and
> choose one venue over the other, and pretty soon one Subject Matter
> Expert disappears from view from those who have chosen the "other"
> venue. I'd hate to see the mailing lists "watered down", diluted.
I like the forum because, being web-based, I can keep an eye on it at
work and (occasionally if workload permits) answer questions that I
would normally have to wait until I got home.
I like the mailing lists because the full post is emailed to me and I
can apply rules that sort the FG-User and FG-Devel posts in to their
I like the mailing lists because to monitor the mailing lists I need
only one application open, the email client (Thunderbird for me),
whereas with forums I need a browser open too.
I agree that having split formats is not desirable.
I like the idea of different forums as I can track the ones that are
high priority to me (ones that I can actively participate in because of
limitations in ability) but when I check those forums I can also keep an
eye on other forums that might not be of immediate interest but contain
issues of interest (mush the same way as Curt's CVS emails give me an
overview of what's going on in CVS.
in conclusion --- at the moment I don't know --- lets keep the forum
going for a while longer and see if the 16 registered users grows.
I notice the Devel forum has been locked, presumably because the
overwhelming negative response from prominent developers... can't think
of a benefit directly but that seems like a neat feature
and there is my $NZ0.03 (= $US0.02) worth.