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From "robert burrell donkin" <>
Subject Re: Thoughts on Umbrellas, Federations, and Communication
Date Thu, 09 Mar 2006 19:31:00 GMT
On 3/9/06, Matthieu Riou <> wrote:
> > One of thing things that the we need to look at is how to improve
> > communication across projects.  Perhaps having some ontological mailing
> > lists would be part of a solution.
> >
> > What ideas and views do others have?
> I know that mailing-lists are part of the foundation of the ASF and
> are a really useful way to communicate effectively. However my feeling
> is that we don't have the right tools or policies to use them as
> effectively as could be. For example, as a commiter, I find it
> extremely annoying that I have to subscribe to a mailing-list just to
> post a message on it. Also most archives aren't really user-friendly.
> Not being able to do a simple search on ALL mailing lists is for me a
> major drawback.
> So I'd suggest (if possible) the following ideas:
>   * Give any commiter the necessary rights to send an e-mail on any
> mailing list without having to subscribe.
>   * Provide fully searchable mailing-list archives.

what apache lacks is volunteers, not ideas

moderation at the moment is a PITA but could be much easier.
collective management through a web interface using spam assassin
ratings to pick out the ham is technically possible. using public key
signature to automatically moderate posts from committers through is
also very possible from a technical perspective.

the apache mailing list archives are open source: the technology to
enable fully searchability is already here at apache.

all that's lacking are people willing to step up and help
infrastructure make this happen

- robert

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