[IronPython] Mailing list vs. Web discussions on CodePlex

Dino Viehland dinov at exchange.microsoft.com
Tue Dec 11 04:40:53 CET 2007

Just thought I'd collect some opinions here.  Internally we discussed this sometime ago but never made any decisions and haven't done much to push this forward...  On CodePlex we have the ability to enable a discussion forum (which would look like http://www.codeplex.com/CodePlex/Thread/List.aspx) where people could post questions, discuss issues, etc...  CodePlex is heavily RSS-enabled so you could also get RSS feeds to track the discussions in RSS form.  There've been some requests on the main page (http://www.codeplex.com/IronPython) and at least one person who didn't like the mailing list.

But obviously we don't want to get rid of the mailing list format - personally it's the format I prefer (and find the least overhead for replying).  But I've started to use RSS a lot recently so I can certainly see the appeal there, and maybe others here do as well...  Overall my own personal worry is that we'll be fragmenting the two discussions and actually hinder some discussion.

So, thoughts?  Should we:
    Very easy:
        just open the flood gates on the discussions and everyone can go where they want - let the search engines sort it out!
    vs Requires some work:
        open up the RSS feed but setup some thread-propagation-bot?
        open up the RSS feed but send out regular digests?
    vs the unknown:
        something completely different?

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