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From Rob Weir <apa...@robweir.com>
Subject Re: Contributors versus Committers versus PMC members - AND USERS
Date Fri, 24 Jun 2011 22:12:56 GMT
On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 5:57 PM, Andy Brown <andy@the-martin-byrd.net> wrote:
> Rob Weir wrote:
>
>> Does anyone see a difference other than the obvious difference of
>> technology, between the OOo user list and the forums?  Are they being
>> used for different kinds of things?  Or are they just different ways
>> of doing the same things?
>>
>> -Rob
>>
>
> There is a big difference from the users stand point.  If you want to
> see how "hot" this topic can get go to [1] and search for  forum  .  As
> an individual I prefer mailing list but I understand why some prefer
> forums.  For those that do not have high speed connections forums are a
> bandwidth hog.  The disadvantage to a mailing list is most of the time
> you have to be subscribed or you may miss replies to your question and
> makes it hard to follow up as needed.
>
> [1] http://www.mail-archive.com/discuss@documentfoundation.org/
>
> For my part we need and can support both.
>

But do we need a separate thing for both of them?  Or would a single
'place' that supported both forms of access be better? For example, a
forum that allowed mail subscription globally, or per thread?  Or a
mailing list with an RSS feed?  There are advantages to having a singe
store of information.

So are they just used for the same things, but accessed differently?
Or have they diverged to separate, perhaps partially overlapping but
still sufficiently distinct different user communities who have
different styles, different tones, different focuses, etc.?

-Rob

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