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From Alexandro Colorado <>
Subject Re: Why a mailing list is superior to any web-based "forum"
Date Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:22:46 GMT
On 10/21/12, Joe Schaefer <> wrote:
> 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.

That said I would have expected a better mailing list interface, the
current one lacks even a search bar, let alone some advanced search.
OOo used to have also a pretty basic way of searching through the
mailing list but eve that, was more helpful.

Are these mailing list archieved externally by nabble/gmane or something else?

FYI LibO also expend many mosquitoes lifecycle on this topic. They do
provide a forumesque interface for mailing list.

Nabble website:

>> 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

Alexandro Colorado
PPMC Apache OpenOffice

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