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From Simon Phipps <>
Subject Re: Making mailing lists useful (was Re: [Proposal])
Date Fri, 12 Aug 2011 01:48:29 GMT

On 12 Aug 2011, at 02:41, Rob Weir wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 8:34 PM, Jean Weber <> wrote:
>> On 12/08/2011, at 10:25, "Dennis E. Hamilton" <> wrote:
>>> +1 on putting materials like the suggested list-post subject categories on the
community wiki.  I see no reason why it needs to be maintained anywhere else requiring higher
> No one is going to find it on the wiki.  The new list subscriber,
> signing up on the list, is typically going to find the list from this
> page:
> That is where the mailing list info is, the instructions on how to
> subscribe.  That is also where we point to other mailing list
> guidelines.  It is an ideal place to put the suggested topic tags,
> putting the mailing list info together in one place.

How about adding a link from there to the wiki? 

> If topic tags are changing at so rapid a rate that updating the
> website for them is inconvenient, then we're probably misusing them.
> If they are meant to be hints to human readers, then they can be fluid
> and change frequently and allow small variations, like Twitter tags.
> In that case, there is no need to document them.  Subscribers learn
> the "folksonomy" by observation.  But if they are being used for email
> inbox filter rules, hard coded into subscriber mail clients, then
> these better be relatively fixed and we lose nothing by putting them
> on the website.
>>> - Dennis
>> +1
>> Jean

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