Ok, probably i've not formulated that precisely enought in the beginning. I didn't wanted to suggest to close down the list completely. Of course there needs to be a place for discussions. But i still insist on the idea that it would be better to more clearly separate questions from discussions. A mailinglist is not an effective medium if looking for answers and thus the same questions will pop up again and again.There's nothing preventing that certain questions will evolve into discussions and a strict separation won't be enforceable anyway but IMO it would be a good thing to say - if you got a question go to stackoverflow first.
On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I agree with Chris: the mailing list is not just a forum for posting questions and getting answers. As developer, the list gives me an idea of the things people are trying to achieve with eXist, the problems they face, the interests they have. Nearly all feature developments and bug fixes start with a discussion on this list. Users may not be aware of it, but we frequently change development priorities based on what people write. Seriously, even core features like the support for XQuery started with somebody telling us: hey, this is cool, we need it.
For example, take the discussion about HTML5: until recently, I personally did not see why eXist should deal with non-well-formed HTML5 at all? It was only because people insisted that I recognised it as something which cannot be ignored.
It is this social aspect which is missing on stack overflow. On the mailing list, important discussions often start with a simple question, then evolve, move on to other topics, just to come back later. We need this free flow of communication.
I don’t mind if people ask questions on stack overflow. They are taken care of as far as I can see. In fact, whenever I get a notification from stack overflow and go there, the question has already been answered and there’s no need for me to step in ;-) That’s great.
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