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Subject Re: [OT] problems with performance with IIS 7.5 and Tomcat Connector
Date Mon, 06 Feb 2012 09:55:33 GMT
On 05/02/2012 19:59, Bilal S wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM, Mark Thomas <> wrote:
>> On 02/02/2012 20:19, Bilal S wrote:
>>> I am willing to learn but finding the Apache related processes
>>> singularly difficult to deal with. We are working with mailing list,
>>> in the age of websites and social media.
>> Correct. This is deliberate. Mailing lists are the lowest common
>> denominator and allow the widest possible participation. Not everyone
>> has an always on internet connection with high bandwidth.
> è Thanks for clarifying. Is the goal to design for the lowest common
> dominator? This would mean that if 99% of  the user base had access to
> better tools and 1% did not you would design for the 1%?

So you would prefer to exclude the minority?

Are you saying that every time a new toolset or medium comes along, the
ASF should wholesale move it's communications (and archive) to the new

> If so, this would be a disservice to the user community, wouldn’t it?

No, because it's based on a false premise.

> There are more improved design principles that have found use on the web
> for the last decade and have proven to serve their user base better. For
> example, either graceful degradation or progressive enhancement would be
> able to help the whole population without sacrifice. Why not adopt one at
> the ASF?

'Design principles' don't serve 'user bases'.

You are just, rather verbosely, leading up to saying that you think that
web forums are better than mailing lists.

There are any number of public websites that already integrate with the
ASF mailing lists, providing that experience for those who prefer it.

The ASF does not have unlimited resources to run additional services.

There are none, zero, not one widely used forum software that is a)
free* and b) can be installed by the ASF that has 'graceful degradation'
or 'progressive enhancement' out of the box.

NB  StackExchange** wrote a whole new platform* because of this and
other reasons of dissatisfaction with the state of forum type software.

If you wish to start a new forum project with this goal, write a
proposal for the Apache Incubator.

*   Or likely to be free to the ASF

**  I occasionally drop into the Tomcat questions area of StackExchange
and am put off by the endless series of inaccurate and misleading
answers. Pus, I don't like the ranking schemes in most forums.

>> For those
>> folks with bandwidth to spare that prefer a forum interface, there are
>> third parties that provide it. I love that the tools we use at the ASF
>> work just as well when I (or anyone else) is at the end of a very slow
>> mobile data connection in the middle of almost nowhere even though
>> trying to view a web page from the same place is pretty much impossible
>> these days.
> è
> Also not sure that the issue of better and easier to use tools and
> communication is a bandwidth problem alone, and thus, concluding that
> people with low bandwidth would prefer email as lone mechanism of
> communication does not follow automatically. There are rich experiences
> possible for people with low bandwidth connections. Apps running in
> browsers making use of partial connections, local storage and enhanced
> programmability have blown this boundary a while ago. Similarly, on the
> mobile side, there are smart apps aware of connectivity. There are many
> examples, but I would like to point at Google for example implementations.
> A quick tour of google mobile apps and google groups online shows well
> designed interaction for any bandwidth. Why can’t this be a goal at ASF?

You can't possibly be claiming that browser local storage - a technology
that is patchily, variably and incompabitibly supported at best - is
somehow a solution to the vague problem you seem to be describing?

Also, I really don't know why you are directing generic questions about
the ASF to the Tomcat Users mailing list.

It's easy to criticise, but have you really taken the trouble to
understand the history of the ASF, how it works, or what you're asking?

>>> There is no easy to find contact form anywhere on the Apache
>>> websites.
>> Also correct. The primary form of communication within Apache
>> communities are the mailing lists and these should be obviously linked
>> from each project's home page. In Tomcat's case, you'll find the forum
>> based interfaces linked from the same place.
>> è
> Thanks for clarifying. Thus, I am challenging ASF to be more open and do
> better than mailing list. Why would running users to a gauntlet to be able
> to talk someone be considered effective or desirable for an organization
> promoting openness? It may reduce email volumes but wouldn't hide the true
> issues?

More open than a public mailing list?

How is joining a public mailing list 'running the gauntlet'?

How is it worse than being required to fill in a membership form?

I have no idea how or why anyone would think that running a mailing list
might be considered to reduce email volumes.

>> Yet, there seems to be a lot emotions floating around in this list.
>> With a high a volume mailing list such as this, there is an expectation
>> that folks follow [1] and a distinct lack of patience for folks that
>> continue to ignore that excellent advice after they have been pointed
>> towards it.
> è
> I understand the nature of volunteer work. I appreciate the hard work and
> dedication of all. The word “Excellent” does throw me for a loop though as
> I can not find objective measurements that would back this up.

I understand it to mostly mean 'accurate' (as opposed to meaning mostly
accurate, badum tsch).  Advice is usually prompt and often comes with
additional tips, given for free, having sometimes been hard won, and
with the benefit of extensive experience.

> For example, are we basing excellence on resolution rate? On time to
> resolution, on professionalism of interaction? Number of steps? What
> baselines have been established against similar organizations (e.g. Jboss,
> etc.) and support groups; how has this group done better or worse?  I think
> it would be a great project for ASF to establish goals and measure them in
> contrast to others in this area, especially given the volunteer nature. In
> my opinion, it is hallmark of maturity to be able to this type of
> assessment.

Are you volunteering to perform an objective analysis?  Or just accusing
the 10+ year old community here of immaturity because the goal on which
you opine has not already been achieved?

> Though there is not doubt that some users will “ignore” advice by very
> smart contributors, it does not mean they deserve less respect in the way
> that they are being treated or do not deserve to ask questions. No volume
>  (I think this group averages about a dozen emails per day over a year) of
> request justifies discourteous treatment by anyone to anyone else.

There are different views in the world - and indeed in this community -
about what is discourteous.

> As you can tell I have a disagreement on this statement and issue alone.

I, for example, believe it's discourteous to direct a user away from
their existing problem towards an alternative, before any proper inquiry
has been attempted.  Especially if the direction given is self-serving.

> Even in a very positive light, I am reading little regard for users. Is
> this true? In my opinion, organizations that promote Free and Open
> Software, should be easily accessible, easy to communicate with, and make
> their mission to educate others (even the ones that “ignore advice”) about
> the principles, the products and services. It should not be a punishment to
> post on list, and you should not be bullied out of them. Maybe I am out of
> line or just an idealist, but that would be highly cool and I know it is
> possible and ASF could do it. As an example check out
>  communities.

I disagree entirely with your opinion.  Email is widely available,
easily accessible and easy to 'communicate with' [sic].

That fact that volunteers do reply to inquiries with answers and advice
is evidence that this community is educating others about the subject.

I'm sorry if you felt aggrieved when I took issue with your posts, but
it's hardly a punishment if you volunteer to post a message and I don't
think it's reasonable to issue accusations of bullying.


>>> This in  a way is good. It speaks of passion and dedication. I would
>>> ask that this passion is directed toward assistance and innovation.
>>> This probably will go farther than anything else.
>>> Feel free to email me directly if you want to chat.
>> Off-list communication is discouraged. This is a single community that
>> communicates through the project mailing lists. This is particularly
>> important on the dev list. A key element of the "Apache Way" is:
>> "If it didn't happen on the list, it didn't happen".
>> Mark
> è
> This is another point of disagreement. Posting on list is not automatically
> the solution to all issues.  I understand that this list is being used as
> “system of record”. In this particular case, I perceived that a user had an
> issue with me personally rather than the list. The common guideline for
> conflict resolution dictates that a resolution should be found between the
> two parties in conflict, so I volunteered to reach out. Conflict resolution
> in groups is less effective. But since you asked I am posting back here.
> Thanks again,
> Bilal



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