[Mailman-Developers] Patch for Mail Archive mirroring
barry at python.org
Fri May 13 01:25:48 CEST 2005
On Sat, 2005-04-30 at 11:05, JC Dill wrote:
> I personally don't see it as being a significant endorsement. AIUI,
> it's a patch that allows 2 software programs to work well together.
> Mailman already provides patches or directions to make mailman work well
> with qmail and postfix, but I don't believe this constitutes an
> "endorsement" of qmail and/or postfix.
In a sense it does though, because we're making some kind of promise to
keep those things working. Now, the reality is that without Your help,
there's no way I could keep those promises. I know Mailman works with
Postfix because that's what I use, but I certainly don't have the time
or resources to test under all possible configurations. I still think
that means that the Mailman community as a whole is endorsing the
support of those external mail servers.
> A simple patch philosophy that will address this and future patches: If
> the patch is incorporated into the main mailman build then the default
> state should be "off" so that the listmaster has to proactively turn the
> feature "on" for their mailman list server.
> If the patch remains as an
> add-on feature that has to be downloaded separately from the main build,
> then the default state could be "on" (since downloading the patch
> separately would be a clear indication that the listmaster desired to
> implement this feature on their mailman list server).
-1. Pro-actively enabling a feature shouldn't be that much more work
than downloading it and getting it integrated.
> IMHO, etc. Caveat: I'm not a developer so those of you who actually
> write code and build/install the software (I just run it after someone
> else installed it for me :-) have much more say on this than I do. So
> if you hate my idea, speak up!
Don't underestimate yourself JC! You're what we developers like to call
"A User", and while your type can be pesky at times <wink>, without you
we're just hacking in the wind (he says, refraining from a more graphic
description :). Users who help contribute to the design, functionality,
and usability of Mailman -- as you do -- are always welcome on this
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