[Assist] Proposal for a forum

Megver83 megver83 at openmailbox.org
Wed Sep 21 19:53:51 BST 2016

In my opinion, forums are not the great thing over mailing lists. Both
have its advantages and disadvantages, but as we can´t join them, it´s
possible to have both (like Trisquel does, Arch Linux, Ubuntu, and a
thousand of other projects) and, as it was said, it´s easier for
newcomers (like me at the beginning, that´s why I do this proposal, but
I´ve got no answer from the parabola.nu web developer/s).

El 21/09/16 a las 15:45, Adonay Felipe Nogueira escribió:
> Personally, I prefer mailing lists over forums because it causes less
> problems with text formatting, because the emails don't need to escape
> special HTML characters like "<" and ">".
> Also, it's more convenient for me to reply using my email client, and
> have my email client sort things related to the mailing list in a folder
> (I don't do this personally, but a simple rule of "if coming from
> 'list', put it here" should do the trick. Email clients support this,
> and even webmail clients do, so this isn't a problem, mainly because
> some email clients have a friendlier way to configure these rules.
> If I'm not mistaken, GNU Mailman (the one which manages most of the
> mailing lists related to free/libre software) is able to also do
> subscriptions based on subtopics, I just have never seen this feature
> being used, but it exists, see:
> <http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/mailman-member/node29.html>. You
> can also conclude that such feature exists by going to your account
> configuration and looking for "Which topic categories would you like to
> subscribe to?".
> Mailing lists can be searched by using Namazu (this has to be
> implemented by the list's administrators).
> The libreplanet-discuss mailing list has Namazu search:
> <https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/libreplanet-discuss/>.
> Actually, I think all the mailing lists at <https://lists.gnu.org/> have
> Namazu enabled.
> The information page about the libreplanet-discuss mailing list is,
> however, found at:
> <http://lists.libreplanet.org/mailman/listinfo/libreplanet-discuss>.
> Namazu is free/libre software, see:
> <http://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Namazu>.
> Last but not less important, a disadvantage of mailing lists is the
> possibility that if a member configures an auto-reply for every e-mail
> he receives, then he'll create an endless cycle because he'll receive
> his own emails (unless he has configured his mailing list subscription
> to not receive its own email messages).
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