[swift-evolution] [Swift4] Mailing list vs. Forum

Tino Heth 2th at gmx.de
Sat Jul 30 02:42:40 CDT 2016

I have not enough experience with all the possible alternatives to give a vote for a specific system, but the mail-approach can be very tedious, and there are several things that a just not possible or very clumsy:
- You can't edit a message that has been send
- Tagging capabilities are very limited (no public tags…)
- Searching & linking… (quite sure this has been mentioned extensively ;-)
- Mail.app splits topics in strange ways, so it is very hard to follow discussions

Sending a message is the only way of interaction, but imho it would be beneficial to have a lightweight alternative to just signal agreement (or something else) to posts.
Receiving little or no feedback can be frustrating, and I expect there are many messages that didn't receive the attention they deserved, just because it is somewhat stupid to write an response that just says "absolutely right, I have nothing to add here" (feel free to prove me wrong ;-)

Mailing lists have some benefits as well, but afaics, Discourse can basically run a list on top of all the discussions, so we wouldn't loose anything.


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