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bug#20968: 25.0.50; Be able to specify the output directory for `byte-co

From: Alexis
Subject: bug#20968: 25.0.50; Be able to specify the output directory for `byte-compile-file'
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:38:40 +1000

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

What's more, I don't understand why people use those places. The Emacs forums are quite friendly, so there should be no reason for them to avoid us.

Sadly, it seems increasing numbers of people are finding that, compared to Web-based fora, email and mailing lists are too much hassle / too complicated / too annoying / etc. Some feel that even low-traffic lists (say, a few emails per day) are "too much email", and filtering is either too complicated for them to set up, or simply not available.

i also guess that Web fora might tend to rank higher in search engine results than mailing lists; if so, that might result in more people signing up for the former than the latter.[1]

Having said that, there are things like the rust-dev mailing being abandoned in favour of a Web forum, on the basis that the mailing list was "not scalable". i'm not sure how the existence of, say, the LKML fits in with that ....

For me, it's easier to follow multiple communities via the 'push' mechanism of email than the 'pull' mechanism of Web fora; a number of Web fora have poor or non-existent email notifications, so i have to rely on a browser extension to regularly check a given Web-based discussion for any new or changed content. The increased inconvenience means i follow fewer communities nowadays than i used to. But my guess is that Web fora are only going to increase in importance, and that people will increasingly expect that 'official' support will be provided via the Web.


[1] i continue to regularly have bad experiences with the "search our archives" functionality of mailing lists. i've recently been unable to find an email on a mailing list - i can't remember which one - which i /knew/ was there, but wasn't discoverable via Google or the mailing list search functionality. In the end i resorted to trawling through the archives manually, and thus found the email i was after.

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