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From Reddy B. <>
Subject RE: [DISCUSS] moving email lists to Discourse
Date Sun, 15 Mar 2020 15:02:26 GMT
To add my two cents, I personally engage much more on communities using discourse or some modern
Forum engines, than on those relying on mailing lists.

As far as browsing archives is concerned, I personally always find it painful to browse email
archives to find relevant information. Maybe if you have been part of the community from day
1, and you have been storing all emails locally, then launching a search in your email client
is convenient (but even then, the quality of your results will depend on the search implementation
of your email client + what about if you're not using your regular computer). However, if
you are an outsider looking for context that was discussed 2 years ago, even Couchdb's official
archive website<> does not have
a search function. There may be a way but this is clearly not as user friendly than something
like discourse.

I would also note that beyond archive scenarios, one major benefit of tools like Discord that
people often fail to verbalize is that they capture social dynamics around a topic/issue.
You can see how many people viewed a topic, liked a post etc... It is so valuable to know
that the piece of information you have found helped the original poster, or was "blessed"
with a like by a senior member of the community.

This also helps the archiving scenario since you have very helpful activity feeds, which also
allow you to stay on top of your preferred communities quickly. If questions are redundant
you can link to the previous topic easily or even merge topics. Referencing former discussions
on emails is much more difficult and impractical. My observation is that people just get tired
of answering the same question and ignore new posters or start replying with one-liners.

So far I have never subscribed to email notifications on these platforms, I just visit the
website and have no problem with that. Moreover something like Discourse even groups the topics
that were discussed "since you last visited". Just sharing my experience since many people
may be similar.

De : Dave Cottlehuber <>
Envoyé : dimanche 15 mars 2020 14:36
À : <>
Objet : Re: [DISCUSS] moving email lists to Discourse

On Fri, 13 Mar 2020, at 14:35, Naomi Slater wrote:
> apparently GitHub has discussions now. it's still in beta, but you can
> specifically request it if you want it if you contact support, I think
> e.g.,
> <>


> I'm interested to know what we think about this and how this
> might/could fit into our plans for user support, discussion, etc.
> > On 13 Mar 2020, at 00:41, Arturo GARCIA-VARGAS <> wrote:
> >
> > I'm sure Discourse is a fantastic thing (never used it!) but for us dinosaurs that
still use Email it would be a bad move.
> >
> > Plain text rulez

I concur.

My 2c is that I have become a unix greybeard in habit, if not physical
attributes. I feel that neither slack nor discourse facilitate being
involved in multiple communities concurrently, they are actively hostile to
it. I spent significantly less time in discourse/slack vs irc/email

The rust discourse, and others that I follow, truncate outbound emails,
and also limit the numbers of outbound messages, effectively making it
not really email, and forcing you to browse the site. This is significantly
slower than churning through a stash of emails to catch up.

That said, user convenience trumps developer satisfaction. If the flock
is moving off mailing lists, then the shepherd should follow.


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