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, I'd just like to see if I can consolodate it under one roof rather than being spread around the world.  There's things I like about mailing lists and things I like about web based forums.

Someday I'm going to follow in the footsteps of Knuth and refuse to use email or forums at all.  When I get a secretary (probably in a future life) their first task will be to start printing out all my emails for me. :-)

Curtis Olson - University of Minnesota - FlightGear Project
http://baron.flightgear.org/~curt/  http://www.humanfirst.umn.edu/   http://www.flightgear.org
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