I'll admit to not having read previous discussions on this topic, but I'll also add my 2 <insert-lowest-denomination-coin> here:
On 7/2/07 11:06 PM, Terri Oda wrote:
- better address obfuscation (maybe by generating pages through cgi)
* Add a search option
I know there's been patches around forever that integrate ht://Dig with Pipermail; maybe some way to do this, while still making it an option that can be tuned? If ht://Dig is there and you turn on the option, it works, but if it's not then it's not required? This would satisfy the "not adding a billion dependencies", but may be overkill as well. I'll also happily admit to not knowing much about the cost of search engines to a system.
* MUAs usually make URLs clickable. An new Archive could be used
when posts are distributed, in the footer, so that each message has a
link to the whole thread in the Archive.
This would be a Godsend. A group at work here runs an old homebrewed exploder, and a few years ago I tried to convert them to Mailman. They liked everything they saw, up until the point where they couldn't refer to some kind of short and simple message number, and get right to that message in the archive. The current system generates a number based on a simple incrementing index of the list, and many months after a mailing people will refer to "message #483", and know they can view it at http://hostname/foo/listname/483.html - which is also posted in the footer of the message sent out. Of course, if the archives were based on Message-ID headers, this may make such a number a bit unwieldly, but if it were some kind of simple-ish system I might finally get rid of those old lists :>