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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] resources about mailing lists vs. forums (e.g.

From: John Sullivan
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] resources about mailing lists vs. forums (e.g. Discourse)
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:57:07 -0400
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Thomas Harding <> writes:

> Le 5 août 2017 21:21:18 GMT+02:00, John Sullivan <> a écrit :
>> Daniel Pocock <> writes:
>> > I've seen various communities having debates about whether to adopt
>> > Discourse of similar forum software instead of a mailing list.
>> >
>> > Has anybody already prepared any objective wiki pages or blogs
>> comparing
>> > mailing lists to forums and itemising each of the issues to be
>> considered?
>> >
>> > Rather than repeating the same discussions in many places, it would
>> be
>> > useful to link to something that covers it comprehensively.
>> >
>> > With Discourse in particular, each time it comes up somebody
>> comments
>> > that it has a "Mailing list mode" option in the settings and
>> suggesting
>> > it is a drop-in replacement for a mailing list.  In practice, I've
>> > observed that the mailing list mode is better than what other forums
>> > offer but I feel it is somewhere between alpha and beta quality when
>> > compared to established mailing list software.  If the developers
>> really
>> > wanted to they could make it a full replacement for mailing lists
>> but
>> > that doesn't appear to be a priority for them.
>> I'm not aware of any, but I think that's a good idea, since I've seen
>> the same conversation many times too. The wiki could
>> be
>> a good place for it?
>> -john
> Nothing will prevent repeating constantly same discussions.
> Just try a convenient limitative list of keywords to find a topic on
> an internet search engine and result is almost always void or, at
> option, fills numerous pages with non-significant matches.

Sure, I didn't mean to try and have that as a goal. The goal is to use
the conversation to build a more permanent kind of resource that people
can draw from and refer to in future related conversations and


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