[Mailman-Users] Mailman < > forum ?

John Fitzsimons johnf at net2000.com.au
Tue Dec 22 23:35:35 CET 2009

On Tue, 22 Dec 2009 09:59:40 +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
>John Fitzsimons writes:

> > Are there currently *any* web forum(s) that enable forum/mailman
> > mirroring ? In other words a Mailman email going to a web forum and
> > vica versa ?

>Precisely what does a "web forum" do?  

Have threaded web discussions. Eg. 


http://www.phorum.org/ etc.

>Would Trac 

Never heard of it. Doesn't look remotely like the above. IMO clearly
for those who are familiar with Linux and/or are programmers.

>or Roundup serve?

Much the same thing. I don't even see any web forums at that site.

>These are nominally "issue trackers" (and Trac is bundled with a wiki
>which might or might not be attractive for your purpose).  However,
>what they basically do is manage threads.  Roundup is quite good at
>integrating mail and web submissions at least for its purpose (but it
>doesn't thread automatically; instead, each issue might be thought of
>as a manually specified thread).  I don't know how well Trac handles
>mail submissions, I only use the web interface of the Tracs I deal

>Roundup is a hairball, 

Sounds like something one should warn one's cat about. Or one's

>but very very configurable.  

If one is a Linux guru. That isn't me.

>Trac is a lot more
>slick but at least in the incarnation where I met it
>(bugs.macosforge.org circa summer 2007) it was a ponderous
>unconfigurable beast requiring massive admin attention to get the
>smallest tweak implemented (or maybe it's just that the MacPorts folks
>can't admin their way out of a paper bag, I've seen other symptoms to
>suggest that's the case, so don't take this as entirely negative on
>Trac -- not to mention that lots of people love it).

>I've briefly mentioned integrating some Roundup functions with the
>mailman interface to Barry but that hasn't gone anywhere yet.

I have mentioned previously that if something needs root access, or
familiarity with Linux, then it is of little use to me.

Regards, John.

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