[okfn-labs] New discussion forum for Labs - http://discuss.okfn.org/

Philip Durbin philip_durbin at harvard.edu
Fri Apr 17 22:22:23 UTC 2015

"Crappy" Mailman archives may soon be a thing of the past, when version 3
comes out: https://lwn.net/Articles/638090/


p.s. Discourse is very nice.
On Apr 16, 2015 2:32 PM, "Tom Morris" <tfmorris at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 5:11 AM, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org>
> wrote:
>> tl;dr check out http://discuss.okfn.org/ a new discussion forum for Labs
>> and associated projects
> [...]
>> ### Is this intended to replace the current discussion list (
>> okfn-labs at lists.okfn.org)?
>> No, absolutely not - this list will remain the primary general discussion
>> location.
> It sounds like this position has changed (or is changing) and there's a
> move afoot to abandon email.  It's likely no more possible to agree on the
> best communications mechanism than the best editor or best religion, but,
> for the record, I think this would be a bad idea, were it to happen.
> Almost anything can be used as a communication channel (heck, wikipedians
> think scribbling on a wiki is a perfectly acceptable way to have a
> conversation), but email has stood the test of time and is the lingua
> franca of non-realtime one-to-many written communication.  Everyone has an
> email account and everyone checks it regularly because that's how they
> receive the bulk of their communication.  If Mailman's crappy archives are
> part of the problem, you might consider using Markmail.org or
> mail-archive.com (I prefer the former).
> The two things that are worse than abandoning email are: 1) having half
> the community using one tool and half the other and 2) abandoning email for
> forums and then reversing the decision when forums don't work.  DPLA is a
> recent example of a group that has done the latter
> http://dp.la/info/forums/ They abandoned email 2 years ago, then
> abandoned the forums 15 months later.
> For those that have a forum account, there is a related discussion here:
> http://discuss.okfn.org/t/enable-mailing-list-capabilities-of-discourse/219
> Tom
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