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From "Mark R. Diggory" <>
Subject [all] Math needs a "user" email list.
Date Fri, 13 Aug 2004 15:08:06 GMT
Hello all,

After some thought, I've come to the conclusion that Commons should 
setup a separate user lists for the Math group. While I am in agreement 
that the Commons is best served by sharing a "Development" list, I've 
come to the conclusion that it is not best served when it comes to 
"User" lists. Take the following example for instance:

The Math group attracts both external user/developers who specifically 
are Mathematicians/Statisticians. This external group is a specialized 
niche of individuals who are interested solely in how the math project 
can benefit them. They are interested in how the algorithms are 
implemented and the stability of those algorithms. This means that they 
are not going to want to participate in the list if they are flooded 
with emails about every other subproject in the commons, they are not 
going to want to have to deal with filtering the emails coming to the 
list and some may not be very knowledgeable in this area either. These 
are individuals who want to track the status of the Math project only, 
interacting to provide better algorithms and approaches, a subject 
matter which users of other commons components may not have an interest 
in, so flooding the commons user list with these discussion wouldn't be 
beneficial either.

Assuming the lowest common denominator of "filter your messages or go 
away" is not a positive stance to take when it comes to users, users 
with which an "Open Source Project" needs to maximize its involvement 
with. I think we would like to setup a separate email list for the math 
project with the focus being it only is a user list oriented toward 
discussion on how to use the math library and recommendations for 
algorithm improvement.

With this in mind, I recommend that math be able to establish a user 
list for users to discuss these sort of math issues.


Mark R. Diggory
Software Developer
Harvard MIT Data Center

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