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From Ron Wheeler <>
Subject Re: Why not a forum
Date Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:05:15 GMT

I belong to both the LinkedIn forum and this one.
This is the most active but on LinkedIn they are not discussing whether 
to have a forum or not so that cuts out a lot of the traffic.

LinkedIn does not send me a copy of each of my postings and does not 
send me duplicate e-mails if someone replies to my posting so that 
reduces the e-mail traffic a bit.

This list is a bit more focused on technical issues and the quality of 
the help available here could not be better.


On 29/07/2014 4:35 PM, Paul Benedict wrote:
> The apache mailing list is ran by Apache for legal reasons (e.g., proof of
> release votes). Regardless, no one on this mailing list has the authority
> to change the infrastructure. I am surprised this discussion keeps going.
> Cheers,
> Paul
> On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM, Preston, Dale <
>> wrote:
>> While I continue to feel the well-meant, I am sure, chastising for my
>> sacrilegious proposal, and understand the view of most here, and in-spite
>> of my own preference for forums, I can accept that the mailing list makes
>> the most sense for this group.  But, never would I recommend FaceBook or
>> Twitter.  I don't have accounts on either and I don't have any knowledge of
>> how to use them or just barely what they do.
>> Unfortunately, I do have a Linked-In account so their forum can help me,
>> too.
>> Dale
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Andrew Todd []
>> Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 9:26 AM
>> To: Maven Users List
>> Subject: [EXTERNAL]Re: Re: Why not a forum
>> Apache is an independent non-profit dedicated to the dissemination of free
>> software. The list archives are freely archivable and indexable by anyone
>> who wants to -- and there are many sites, such as Nabble and MarkMail, who
>> do. Using email as the primary means of distribution makes it easy for
>> third parties to do this.
>> On the other hand, LinkedIn is a for-profit corporation with a walled
>> garden solution. It's "free" because it forces people to tie themselves
>> into LinkedIn's system. It can't be easily archived or indexed without
>> LinkedIn's permission. And if they decide to end the service, we're in
>> trouble.
>> There are people like me who will not even create a LinkedIn profile on
>> principle. I don't like the company's business practices.
>> In short, the suggestion is anathema to a free software organization. You
>> might as well tell us to use Facebook as a discussion medium.
>> On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM, Preston, Dale <
>>> wrote:
>>> I do participate in a couple other Linked-In lists.  I'll check that
>>> one out.  As the response to this thread shows, though, replies come
>>> pretty quickly in the email list.  In any case, the Linked-In list
>>> sounds worth investigating.
>>> Thanks.
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Ron Wheeler []
>>> Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:23 AM
>>> To:
>>> Subject: [EXTERNAL]Re: Why not a forum
>>> On 23/07/2014 9:03 AM, Mark H. Wood wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 03:51:54PM +0000, Preston, Dale wrote:
>>>>> I was just wondering why this group uses an email list rather than
>>>>> a
>>> forum.  It seems forum software is more searchable and filterable than
>>> email lists.
>>>> If it had been my choice:  because I'd have to go to a forum every
>>>> day (and a hundred others!) while email comes to me.  I have plenty
>>>> of powerful email search and filter tools right here on my workstation.
>>>> Every time someone proposes some other medium for this sort of
>>>> communication (forum, Twitter, etc.) my first question is "how can I
>>>> get that in email?"  I can't think offhand of any forum software
>>>> I've used that isn't uncomfortable, inconvenient and hard to search.
>>> The Maven LinkedIn forum will send you e-mails plus LinkedIn will
>>> inform you of activity in discussions in which you are active in all
>>> of the groups to which you belong.
>>> Ron
>>> --
>>> Ron Wheeler
>>> President
>>> Artifact Software Inc
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>>> skype: ronaldmwheeler
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