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From Simon Phipps <si...@webmink.com>
Subject Re: Making mailing lists useful (was Re: [Proposal])
Date Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:21:15 GMT

On 10 Aug 2011, at 23:12, Rob Weir wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 5:28 PM, Kay Schenk <kay.schenk@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 9:01 AM, Ross Gardler <rgardler@opendirective.com>wrote:
>> 
>>> On 8 August 2011 16:14, Kay Schenk <kay.schenk@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> ...
>>> 
>>>> From my perspective, I don't see the one BIG list as bad, but it would be
>>>> VERY helpful if folks could label messages more succinctly and restrict
>>>> discussion to rather specific aspects.
>>> 
>>> +1
>>> 
>>> Not to mention useful subject lines (take a look at what the original
>>> subject was for the thread I took this from - I didn't edit the
>>> original and it is not truncated)
>>> 
>>>> And, documenting what's been discussed is CRITICAL! It is madness to try
>>> to
>>>> sift through these messages to get to the "implementable" aspects.
>>> 
>>> +1
>>> 
>>> I really like the practice I see in some communities where someone
>>> will take long rambling threads and post a "[summary] foo bar" mail
>>> the the thread periodically. This is brilliant for those needing to
>>> catch up and also acts as a description of "impementable" conclusions
>>> and community consensus that is emerging.
>>> 
>>> Ross
>>> 
>> 
>> Great idea if we could find a volunteer! I tried to do this (only once) on
>> the "refactoring discussion" but I'll tell you some of these discussions are
>> SO lengthy it's impossible.
>> 
>> Maybe we'll do better (and some good soul will step up for the documentation
>> aspects) if we can adhere to some discussion standards.
>> 
> 
> We have a mailing lists page:
> http://incubator.apache.org/openofficeorg/mailing-lists.html
> 
> A list of proposed subject tags would fit very well there, after the
> first paragraph.   Committers can easily edit this using the Apache
> CMS in their browsers:
> 
> http://incubator.apache.org/openofficeorg/docs/edit-cms.html
> 
> For example, I just added the link the email tips earlier today.

It would be better to put the list of subject tags on the community wiki so that those of
us who've not been invited to be committers can also edit it.

S.



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