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From Garren Smith <gar...@apache.org>
Subject [DISCUSS] moving email lists to Discourse
Date Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:32:02 GMT
Hi All,

The CouchDB slack channel has been a real success with lots of people
asking for help and getting involved. The main issue is that it is not
searchable so we often get people asking the same questions over and over.
The user mailing list is great in that sense that if you have subscribed to
it you have a searchable list of questions and answers. However, it's
really not user-friendly and judging by the fact that it has very low user
participation I'm guessing most people prefer to use slack to ask questions.

I've been really impressed with how the FoundationDB forum[1] and the rust
internal forum work [2]. I find them easy to use and really encourage
participation. I would like to propose that we move our user and dev
discussion to Discourse or a forum that works as well as Discourse. I think
that would make it really easy for users of CouchDB to look up answers to
questions and get involved in the development discussion.

I haven't checked yet, but I'm sure we could get all discourse threads to
automatically email back to the user and dev mailing list so that we still
fulfill our Apache requirements.

I know its a big step away from what we're used to with our mailing lists,
but I think it would definitely open up our community.

Cheers
Garren


[1] https://forums.foundationdb.org/
[2] https://internals.rust-lang.org/

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