[python-committers] [Steering-council] Re: Can we choose between mailing list and discuss.python.org?

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Tue Feb 12 20:21:53 EST 2019

On Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 10:38:32PM +1000, Nick Coghlan wrote:
> On Victor's original question, the Discourse experiment has been successful
> enough that I don't see a problem with the committers mailing list going
> essentially "announce only". I agree with Barry that going further than
> that would require a PEP, but Discourse is bad enough for announcements
> that I don't see much reason to do that.

I know that Discource users have a "mailing list mode". Wouldn't that 
allow us to solve the problem of splitting discussions by setting up a 
Discourse to Mailman bridge similar to the way python-list mailing list 
is mirrored to comp.lang.python?

- Set up a user on Discourse in email mode, with address set to 
  python-committers; hence comments on Discourse will be sent here.

- Set up a user in mailman that sends to Discourse; responses made
  here will be sent to that user, which in turn will be sent to 

Some cleverness will be needed to prevent loops of course. I think 
mailman supports a mode of "Don't send me copies of my own posts", 
which may be sufficient.

But at worst we ought to be able to easily mirror the discourse 
discussions here as a read-only archive.

If we're going to do anything clever like this, we ought to get some 
experience with it on a low-volume mailing list like this before 
somebody proposes it for Python-Ideas or Python-List.


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