On 11/29/06, Jon S.
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 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 ...
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.