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Discussing specifics of Mailman 3 and archives is off-topic for this list, so I won't post a huge amount of detail. Everyone is welcome to come to the mailman-developers list to further interact with us.
On Mar 31, 2014, at 08:37 AM, Nick Coghlan wrote:
The pluggable archiver model in MM3 means HyperKitty itself doesn't need to handle that usage model. However, I'm not aware of any current efforts to create an MM3 archiver that is closer to a pure pipermail replacement (the workflow you describe strikes me as being incredibly unusual these days, as it requires either running your own mail server, or only accessing your email from one device)
I would certainly not start from the existing Pipermail code, unless you pine for the late '90s.
While the possibility exists to allow for downloading the raw archives, we disable that in Mailman 2 by default because of the feature's abuse for email harvesters.
My personal favorite combination for drive-by engagements, historical archive access, convenience, and inbox sanity is the NNTP API for Gmane. My primary MUA (claws-mail) is perfectly at home with NNTP and while mailing lists have to explicitly opt-in to Gmane, once they do, it can import the archive. Countless times I've subscribed to a mailing list's newsgroup gateway, interacted with that community for a short time, and then unsubscribed.
The architecture of MM3 allows, and I would someday love, to be able to offer an NNTP interface to a mailing list's archives. (Gmane does a lot more and we don't need to duplicate all of it.) If that's something you'd be interested in working on, come talk to us!