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From Sheng Zha <notificati...@github.com>
Subject [apache/incubator-mxnet] [RFC] RFC Issue Mirroring to dev@mxnet.apache.org (#15748)
Date Sun, 04 Aug 2019 22:15:29 GMT
# Problem Statement

Before setting up the mirroring, activity on dev@mxnet.apache.org and on GitHub are disconnected.
Community members need to manually bring discussion on GitHub to the dev@ list by sending
a notification with a link, and vise versa. This problem has been discussed (and [voted on](https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/5375f46e9e358603fdabb46d97c838420d827e79e189f3ffbbdc1b57@%3Cdev.mxnet.apache.org%3E))
and solutions have been proposed in the past, but was shelved due to concerns on large amount
of traffic. Still, fixing the communication gap is greatly beneficial for a healthy community.

# Proposal

This is an RFC (and demo) for bidirectional mirroring of GitHub issues with `[RFC]` in the
subject on the dev@mxnet.apache.org. By mirroring the RFCs in GitHub issues on dev@ automatically,
community members can join the discussion on new proposals either on GitHub, or on dev@ list,
within the same conversation. Also, this decreases the burden on people who are writing new
proposals as it would no longer be necessary to duplicate the notification to both channels.

# Approach

The mirroring is achieved through setting up an email filter for the desired subset of emails
and automatically forward them to the dev@ list.

GitHub notifications already allow joining GitHub conversations through replying to the notification
email (with reply-to address notifications@github.com). GitHub notification emails that are
automatically forwarded will have notifications@github.com as the sender, and thus replying
to the email on dev@ will send the message back to the GitHub. For message on GitHub, the
automatic forwarding will send the message to the same email thread. As a result, messages
from both channels will show as a single cohesive conversation.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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