[swift-evolution] [Swift4] Mailing list vs. Forum
razielim at gmail.com
Sat Oct 8 06:00:55 CDT 2016
It’s one of those issues where everybody agrees we could do better but nobody cares enough to do anything about it.
In any case I think Discourse seemed to be the only real option because of mailing-list support. So I suppose they next step would be to submit a formal proposal to swift-evo on GitHub?
> On 7 Oct 2016, at 20:44, Adrian Zubarev via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> What happened to that talk? Were any decisions made internally? Any news?
> Adrian Zubarev
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> Am 21. August 2016 um 17:36:53, Michie via swift-evolution (swift-evolution at swift.org <mailto:swift-evolution at swift.org>) schrieb:
>> Incase, the Swift team decided to use a forum.
>> I would like to suggest Discourse (http://www.discourse.org <http://www.discourse.org/>).
>> It is one of the most reliable open-source made forum and most
>> companies have been using it as their forum/community eg. Dockers,
>> Let's Encrypt, etc...
>> The Swift Team has a choice to host it on their own or pay
>> discourse.org <http://discourse.org/> to host it for you. Hosting on their own would be more
>> cheaper and gives you more control on how you want it to be set up. We
>> can easily set up a mailing list to all the people watching the
>> discussion and you can add in your own style of Authentication if
>> Slack will be very expensive because Slack cost almost $7 per active
>> member per month. If you don't pay, it will definitely be limiting.
>> Also, I don't think using chat for this kind of project will be more
>> productive as people need to revisit some discussions.
>> I can help the Swift Team set up Discourse if they are interested and
>> they can create a subdomain: https://community.swift.org <https://community.swift.org/> for it.
>> Let me know.
>> Michie :)
>> Quoting Sean Alling via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org <mailto:swift-evolution at swift.org>>:
>> > +1
>> > I think this is a great idea! The use of a mailing list is
>> > manageable for a small (2-10) groups but doesn’t scale to the size
>> > and frequency of comments/replies that the Swift Open Source project
>> > has seen thus far. Not to mention, it reeks of 1996.
>> > I’m not sure if we should authenticate users via AppleID, because we
>> > want the Swift community to remain cross-platform going forward.
>> > A Slack would be a great idea, for banter but may get crazy. We
>> > would want the slack channels to remain subject pure (i.e., no
>> > shenanigans). Email is good in this regard in that a reply is
>> > expensive and therefore on-topic, whereas slack replies are cheap
>> > and therefore easily off topic. Anyone have any idea to combat that?
>> > Code of Conduct?
>> > I think in making this decision we should separate the determination
>> > that the mailing lists are posing too great a burden at our scale
>> > from the selection of what we should use in its stead.
>> > - Sean
>> >> I think this thread should focus on the mailing list vs forum, Slack is
>> >> not a forum. It could be nice to have it as an extra if we need it.
>> >> It looks to me that all benefits of a mailing list can be achieved by a
>> >> forum system with excellent support to read and reply using emails. But
>> >> the opposite is not true, one single simple example: we can't even link
>> >> related thread using email (as Tino mentioned on the Gmane thread).
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