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From Simon Phipps <>
Subject Re: [Proposal]
Date Mon, 08 Aug 2011 15:23:40 GMT
My experience of various communities over the last decade suggests Ross is exactly right here.
Don't start new mailing lists until we've used the proposed list names as subject-line tags
and measured the traffic using them. Once we know there is enough traffic under a specific
tag, it's then good to create a list with that name if everyone agrees.


On 8 Aug 2011, at 13:27, Ross Gardler wrote:

> On 8 August 2011 12:45, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 7:00 AM, Wolf Halton <> wrote:
>>> I would like to propose breaking out a couple more mailing lists
> Be careful about splitting lists too early. I realise that traffic is
> very high right now but it will die down. Splitting lists splits the
> community, at this stage we are trying to build community.
> There are better techniques than splitting the community up. For
> example, the list should adopt a practice of tagging subject lines so
> that people can filter appropriately. Sorry rather then a "Web
> Content" list mails in this topic are should have subjects of the form
> "[web] foo".
>> I certainly see the need here.  But I wonder if we can make it a
>> general "sysops" or "operations" list and have it be the place for
>> admins/moderators of the wiki, the phpBB forums, Bugzilla, etc., to
>> coordinate. I think we want to encourage these groups to stay in close
>> contact with each other.
> Generally the pull requirements for forums are less effective for
> community building than the push of mailing lists, at least where we
> are talking about technical users. EMail clients are very powerful,
> forums are not. Email works offline, forums do not. etc.
>> Why?  Because we can easily see the
>> advantages of linking these systems together in advanced ways.  For
>> example:
>> 1) Easy way to promote a support forum question into a bugzilla issue
> No advantage over mail lists.
>> 2) Easy way to initiate a search of the documentation before entering
>> a support forum post
> Can be useful for user focussed resources but the initial proposal is
> for "administering the
> wiki daily operations would go, and documentation of versions of OOo".
> Are you really going to force admins to do this, or are you going to
> trust them?
>> 3) Content analytics performed on support forum to identify new
>> candidates for FAQ items
> No advantage over mail lists.
> Ross

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