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From sebb <>
Subject Re: [ALL] Too much traffic on the "dev" ML
Date Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:00:34 GMT
On 17 January 2015 at 14:23, Gilles <> wrote:
> On Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:00:45 -0600, Ole Ersoy wrote:
>> I agree - we're hung up on a clown from the 90s.  It's so much
>> simpler click watch on github and get notifications.  Also
>> stackoverflow has a much broader Java community and having traffic go
>> through it could benefit this community.
> I'm afraid that the main problem is not the tool.
> Step 1: an issue is felt as a problem by some people (from the
>         community or might-be contributors)
> Step 2: people (from the community) who don't feel the problem
>         try to demonstrate that there isn't a problem, thus
>         dismissing the (argumented) feeling of others
> This can destroy a community, or at least prevent its expansion.
> [And the "Commons" project's (with the word "project" as in "an
> Apache project") community certainly does not benefit from a
> pool of contributors commensurate with its purported goal and
> user base.]
> On the practical side, I'm not (yet) against having a single "dev"
> list: discussions about design are usually interesting even if
> applied to another project's codebase (with the the word "project"
> as in "programming project").
> But lately, the flood of automatic notifications (commits and CI)
> has drowned the useful discussions.

commits are already sent to a separate list.

I have just recently changed Continuum and the Jenkins Math job to use
commits as well.

What other automatic notifications are still affecting the dev list?

Maybe they can be redirected elsewhere.

> For people who do not contribute to a project (i.e. neither
> providing code nor checking it), a commit diff is just noise
> because they lack context (not being aquainted with the codebase).

Indeed, which is why it is good that they are sent to a different mailing list.

> The Commons community's implied answer to the stated fact is
> that people who feel that way should change their perception of
> reality, or go away.
> The respectful answer would be to solve the problem with the
> readily available technology of the 1990s: separate MLs for
> each project's _notifications_ (with the word "project" as in
> "programming project").

As already previously noted, the PMC are responsible for oversight and
so must see all the commits.
Would it really make enough of a difference to non-PMC members to be
worth the additional work (ours and Infra) of setting up individual
commit lists?

> Regards,
> Gilles
>> Ole
>> On 01/16/2015 10:21 AM, Ben McCann wrote:
>>> I find the whole I idea of a mailing list very 1990s. I'd much prefer
>>> something like Google Groups where I can set my notification preferences
>>> easily to send me updates only on certain threads such as threads I've
>>> started, which has a nice easily browsable and searchable web interface,
>>> and where I do not have to go through a signup process for each new
>>> group/list I want to post to. I feel many of the problems folks are
>>> talking
>>> about here are caused by using a frustrating technology. E.g. it was
>>> mentioned that if we split mailing lists that joining every list would be
>>> very painful. Perhaps that's because the process of joining just a single
>>> list is too difficult. Having to setup filters is also not very
>>> user-friendly. How do I make a filter that says only put threads on which
>>> I've participated in my inbox? There's probably a way, but it's not as
>>> obvious as clicking a single button. And even with filters I still don't
>>> want most of this garbage coming to my mail account anyway because it
>>> pollutes my search results when I'm looking for something I do care
>>> about.
>>> I signed up for the dev list just so that I could ask that someone
>>> reviews
>>> and commits my patch <>
>>> (which
>>> I still need help with), but I really have no interest in getting any
>>> commons mail beyond that. I've never participated in any of these other
>>> projects and flooding my inbox is just frustrating and isn't going to
>>> cause
>>> me to start. The web interface for mailing list archives is truly
>>> horrendous.
>>> On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 8:16 AM, Gilles <>
>>> wrote:
>>>> On Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:52:36 +0100, Torsten Curdt wrote:
>>>>> Was it mentioned that anybody would be forbidden to subscribe to any
>>>>>> ML they see fit?
>>>>> You missed my point - but never mind.
>>>> What was it?
>>>> Judging from your comments below, you completely missed mine.
>>>>>   That comparison is pretty flawed as those projects are not tiny
>>>>>>> components.
>>>>>> I'm not talking about the size of components, but the size of the
>>>>>> ML traffic.
>>>>> So just because a component/project has a lot of ML traffic you want
>>>>> to make it TLP?
>>>> I never said that.
>>>> I'm only complaining about ML traffic.
>>>>   Usually it should be about having enough active committers and users.
>>>>> While this might contribute to ML traffic, it doesn't necessarily
>>>>> mean the same.
>>>>>   I've never a great fan of umbrellas but the components are so small
>>>>>>> I don't see another option. The thought of components to go TLP
>>>>>>> just plain silly to me. Hence it would be great to work together
as a
>>>>>>> community that takes care of those components.
>>>>>> The idea of "Commons Math" being a component is silly, but we can
>>>>>> accept
>>>>>> silly things that result from history (and consider the practical
>>>>>> advantages, as I noted elsewhere).
>>>>> Well, by the current definition it's not an Apache project. Call it
>>>>> sub-project if you like - I don't care.
>>>> What I'm calling "project" is a _programming_ project; that's the word
>>>> I'm used to; do you have another one?
>>>> Every component is a separate programming project, it's a simple fact.
>>>>   At some stage we decided to call it component. After all I see it as
>>>>> a library.
>>>>> Do you think it's more and needs to be raised to the level to full
>>>>> blown project like hadoop or httpd?
>>>>> Not sure it Math holds that comparison but you are welcome to convince
>>>>> us.
>>>> I think that this has nothing to do with this thread.
>>>>>   If it depends on the name of the list, I guess that the "sense of
>>>>>> community" is not very developed...
>>>>> And that's what I call an oversimplification.
>>>> You brought that up (one community == one list). Or another missed
>>>> point?
>>>> Gilles
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