On 1 Apr 2014 05:40, "Ethan Furman" firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: >
On 03/31/2014 05:09 AM, Richard Prosser wrote:
Better still I believe, abandon mailing lists altogether (because they can clog up mail clients) and use forum/BB instead.
Even better than that: use a decent mail client, and exercise one's mouse and keyboard to delete unnecessary context when replying to posts.
No need to get personal folks. I use a lot of both mailing lists and web based communication interfaces, and see a place for both of them.
Mailing lists, I prefer when I'm highly invested. Just as an RSS reader brings blogs I care about into a single interface, mailing lists do the same for collaborative communication. Appropriate use of filters and "mark all as read" then deals with the volume of traffic.
However, mailing lists are terrible if you just want to drop in, ask one question & leave again. One possible answer to that is AskBot (a self-hosted site-specific, Stack Overflow style Q&A forum), but the MM3/HyperKitty web gateway idea is aimed at making the existing already invested list participants more readily available to new users without having to ask those existing participants to change their reading habits and look in a new place for questions.
In the meantime, making GMane more discoverable by suggesting it as an alternative to subscription in the various list descriptions sounds reasonable to me.
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