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From Michael Adams <linux_m...@clear.net.nz>
Subject Re: Old OO.o Mailing Lists
Date Thu, 03 Nov 2011 20:39:51 GMT
On Wednesday 02 November 2011 21:17, Mike Scott wrote:
> On 02/11/11 07:09, Michael Adams wrote:
> > Who now owns the website domain name?
> >
> > What i am really asking is, how easy would it be to set up a
> > temporary forwarder for emails to a moderator from
> > users@openoffice.org and discuss@openoffice.org. If you own the A
> > record and the mail server it is easy.
>
> As you suggest, technically easy. But would it be desirable?
>
> There's already been quite a long notice period, and evidently
> people haven't switched over -- providing a "temporary" forwarding
> facility would only prolong the agony, as I reckon a goodly number
> of people will switch when and only when they're forced to, and not
> before. I'd rather see an autoreply from the old list address
> asking people to resubscribe.

In my own experience many newbies are/were seeing those old lists 
as 'company' support (quite wrongly due to lack of understanding of 
OSS community structure). When i write to support at a website often 
an email from a different email address returns. I then start using 
that email address as that person knows my case unless i am asked to 
reply-to: the support address.

> > My main concern stems from the fact that together they still
> > generate as much if not more mail/queries than this list.
>
> Maybe there's some doubt in some people's minds as to which is the
> better list to get a needed answer from, so they stick to the tried
> and trusted. Besides, I could name at least one sufferer of
> 'chronic novophobia' :-)

Many threads are from those that ask periodic infrequent questions. "I 
got good help here in the past, I now have another issue". They were 
often unsubscribed querants, as that was how the lists were, rightly 
or wrongly, set up.

-- 
Michael

I laughed so hard that tears ran down my leg.

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