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From Joe Schaefer <>
Subject Re: Why a mailing list is superior to any web-based "forum"
Date Sun, 21 Oct 2012 19:36:13 GMT
FWIW this is the only Apache project where
forums are supported, and if a good case
can be made as to why some mailing list
traffic would be better served on the forums,
go for it.  It's just that mailing lists
are where we expect project decisions to
be made because we have standard ways of
providing those archived messages to members,
who would expect similar things from forum
decision-making processes.

> From: Rob Weir <>
>Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2012 3:25 PM
>Subject: Re: Why a mailing list is superior to any web-based "forum"
>On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM, RGB ES <> wrote:
>> 2012/10/21 Fernando Cassia <>
>>> On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 6:59 AM, David McKay <> wrote:
>>> > Technical aspects are bets handled through a mailing list; general user
>>> > questions are best handled through a forum.
>>> I agree that a dual approach makes everyone happy.
>>> I should have renamed it "why mailing lists should never be
>>> killed".... it was typed after reading one list member say "why a
>>> mailing list?".
>>> FC
>>> --
>>> During times of Universal Deceit, telling the truth becomes a
>>> revolutionary act
>>> - George Orwell
>> One reasons why this "holy war" between MLs and Forums goes on and on is
>> because both sides try to "make things clear for everyone"(1) explaining
>> why their position is the best one... and both sides are at the same time
>> right and wrong! Both solutions have pros and cons: there is no perfect
>> system, that's all.
>> We have MLs for development and "decision making" and we have Forums for
>> user support. Please, let's go on with life: holy wars are tiresome.
>> Thanks
>> (1) There is a Spanish saying that goes "no aclares que oscureces" but I'm
>> not sure how to translate it into English... something like "do not clarify
>> that you are making it darker" is near, but not exactly the same ;)
>In English we sometimes say, "Everyone complains about the weather,
>but no one does anything about it."    There will also be some topics
>that generate debate but without any practical conclusions.
>> Regards
>> Ricardo
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