Re: Moving from mailing lists to Discourse


On Wed, 6 Feb 2019 at 13:10, Reuben Rissler <silrep emypeople net> wrote:

To introduce myself, I only am using Gtk for 3 years, but really like
the infrastructure / people / open source surrounding Gtk. I am
sometimes seen as 'theGtknerd'.

On 02/06/2019 06:46 AM, Emmanuele Bassi via gtk-devel-list wrote:
> The GTK project would have various sub-topics, mostly around
> development with and of GTK. Having a better archive search, a better
> moderation system, and a decent web UI are the major selling points
> for switching to Discourse. The fact that the project is also open
> source is neatly aligned with our values.
Let me ask a poignant question, was moderation ever a problem with
mailing lists?

As the person that moderates two out of the three GTK mailing lists, yes: it’s somewhat annoying the amount of spam going on every day. Not terrible, but it’d be nice not to have to deal with it. Additionally, Discourse would allow us to deal with code of conduct violations in a much better way than mailman currently lets us.

> Are there any objections? Did somebody already try out Discourse and
> has opinions about it that they want to share with the community?
I have a computer that is email only for work (no web browser for
several personal reasons). I could no longer be a part of the Gtk
responders as far as I can see.

That’s not accurate: Discourse also works with email, so you’d receive email messages and you’d be able to reply to email messages.

The main differences are that you’d need a different subscription account than the existing one, and that you wouldn’t have the weekly digests, as far as I can see.

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