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From Terry Ellison <>
Subject Re: [email] RE: [Discuss] ASF hosted email service [Was: Re: [Discussion]]
Date Sun, 21 Aug 2011 09:21:51 GMT
On 20/08/11 21:00, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton
>>   1. One has to do with where this is a personal forwarding set
up for some user (or entity) and it forwards to another e-mail address.  If these are preserved,
forwarding them to some other email address to then be forwarded to the original entity does
not make a lot of sense.  The issue here is that the entity is known by that email address
and has connections that access that entity by that email address.
>>   It is a good idea to preserve that service so that the entities that have use of
the individual ones can somehow manage their forwarding.  I would not want to figure out how
to retire it until later, and with considerable warning.  Having an individual's e-mail address
disappear is not a pleasant experience.
> ... How does this help us develop and publish open source software? ...
There seems little point in developing any FLOSS package which doesn't 
meet the needs of its user population, as we will end up with an unused 
product.  I repeat that targets the general PC-owning 
population as its user-base.  This is very different to Apache Server, 
Traffic Server, Subversion and the other Apache projects that typically 
have a niche IT proficient and often IT professional user population.  
Clearly, the success of any FLOSS package depends on the support of a 
committed core of able developers.  However, the success of OOo also 
depends on a wide community of contributors, documentation and tutorial 
developers, community supporter and even just power-users who can 
evangelise the product.

We have historically encouraged this community to use their oo.o 
mailboxes to foster a sense of identity.  I know that I used to use my address a lot: answering end-user emails and as my 
email address for a range of forums, wikis and similar services.  I was 
and am proud to be associated with this project.  However, because I 
realise that the address might go away, I had to trawl through my emails 
to work out which services I had subscribed to using TerryE@oo.o and 
rehook them to another mailbox: a real pain -- but less painful than 
suddenly finding out that I had become disconnected from them.  So my 
answer is that alienating our extended community of supporters would not 
be something that we should do lightly.  OOo depends on their support.


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