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[Discuss-gnuradio] use of a "bulletin board" system in lieu of a mailing

From: Dan Harasty
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] use of a "bulletin board" system in lieu of a mailing-list discussion
Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2010 13:47:34 -0400
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Hello, all.

OK, I know I'm just the "new guy" here, and it may be poor form to suggest that a well established forum should change its ways....

But I find the email-based discussion list VERY inefficient.
- any sense of "threading" of a conversation is lost (at least for me: I receive the "digest" version.)
- if there is a way for me to "search" for my issue in "prior threads", I haven't found it yet.  (Maybe I'm missing it.... or maybe it doesn't exist)
- email arrives even on days when I'm not focusing on my GNU radio projects.

I'm part of other organizations that use a "web bulletin board" very effectively.  It addresses all the above issues: threading, searching prior discussions, and simply "being there" when one needs it.  One such system is vBulletin (http://www.vbulletin.com/).  This system is a bit different from a wiki (which has static pages that anyone can update).  Rather, someone posts a "post" in a "forum".  Follow up posts are seen distinctly (you can't edit someone else's post), and all such follow ups to an original post are called a "thread".

Is there any interest in considering a shift to it or something similar?

Yes, it would need: a physical host, effort to set it up, an admin (for membership issues), and a panel moderators (to edit / move threads when necessary).  And maybe the cost of the software.

I understand that if there is a lack of interest (to participate), or if no one is available to set it up, it won't happen.  If so: c'est la vie...  However, I just wanted to float the idea in case there is general interest and the right set of volunteers.

-- Dan Harasty

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