Re: GNOME Job Posting Board

On 16 Oct 2008, at 17:18, Behdad Esfahbod wrote:

Calum Benson wrote:
Any reason you didn't just set up a gnome-jobs mailing list?

1) Postings on a wiki can be removed, keeping a list of current openings at
any time,

Ok, I'll concede that advantage, provided people remember to keep it up to date :) One of the number one problems with wikis is content rot, though... so it would probably be good to require an expiry date to most job postings anyway (which can be reset as required), in which case the advantage over a mailing list is somewhat reduced.

2) Keep it simple. This took me ten minutes to set up. A mailing list would
have taken at least a few days,

Why the rush? We've had nothing for years, what's a few days if it means a better solution? :)

3) Subscribing and unsubscribing to the wiki is much easier and more intuitive,

Only if you already have a wiki account, otherwise it's much the same, really. Plus you'll then get subscription messages for every change to the wiki page, in not-very-user-friendly diff format, with no particularly useful subject heading. And at least half of those emails won't even correspond to the actual posting of a new job, as presumably you'll be notified when people delete jobs, fix formatting/ typos etc. as well...?


CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer       Sun Microsystems Ireland
mailto:calum benson sun com            GNOME Desktop Team             +353 1 819 9771

Any opinions are personal and not necessarily those of Sun Microsystems

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