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From "Matthieu Riou" <matthieu.r...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Thoughts on Umbrellas, Federations, and Communication
Date Thu, 09 Mar 2006 19:20:52 GMT
> 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.

I think this would help reducing the boundaries between each project
as any commiter would be able to comment and participate to a specific
discussion on any project. And I'd simply define a few search criteria
that I'm interested in and check these once a while on all list
archives.

Cheers,

Matthieu.

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