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From Gabriela Gibson <gabriela.gib...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: ASF Status website and project health reporting
Date Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:42:00 GMT
On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 11:50 AM, Pierre Smits <pierre.smits@gmail.com>

> Hi,
> Recently we exchanged some thoughts (twitter and otherwise) regarding the
> status of Apache top level projects and about how the reporting by the ASF
> to the projects and the wider communities could be improved.
> Currently the status pages at http://status.apache.org regarding project
> health (commit activity and mailing lists) don't allow drill down into
> individual projects. Is it achievable to get this kind of functionality?
> Can we (as the ASF) also provide insights in number of people joining and
> leaving the mailing lists of the projects and show what the trending topics
> over the periods?
> But also reporting on average depth and width of mailing list threads?
> I do believe that these kind of insights will help monitoring project
> health and investigate where projects can improve regarding community
> building.
> I'm not so sure that mailing list subscription counts are very
representative -- I recently unsubscribed from almost every forum I had
ever joined because classification by labelling in gmail is a hit and miss,
and the deluge of mails that were incorrectly sorted was too much.

Instead, I use the web interfaces for those forums now.

So, I would like to see the mailing list web interface be improved:

Better thread navigation; and the ability to 'one-click (un)subscribe' to a
given thread or a watch for keywords in the subject(subject to being logged
in).  Being able to choose a digest or continuous format on a per-case
basis would also be nice.

If that could be done, collected statistics about participation would be
far more reliable and informative.

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