[swift-evolution] [Discussion] mailing list alternative

clattner at nondot.org clattner at nondot.org
Wed Jan 25 22:28:46 CST 2017

> On Jan 25, 2017, at 6:57 PM, Xiaodi Wu <xiaodi.wu at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Signing up for mailing lists is straightforward, yes—but that’s only a small part of it. Signing up for a mailing list is a *commitment.* Once you do it, your inbox will be inundated with mailing list posts, making it difficult to find messages that actually have been intended for you personally. Therefore, you’ll have to deal with that somehow. You can set up rules in Mail to route mailing list posts to a separate folder, but that won’t help you if you access your webmail from a public machine. 
> FWIW, I subscribe to many mailing lists in gmail and have it auto filter emails to mailing lists into a separate mailbox (well, really, tags) for each list.  It works great for me.
> This doesn’t detract from your point about it being a commitment though.
> It does kind of imply a follow-up question, though: is it _undesirable_ that signing up for a mailing list is a modicum of commitment?

I’m mixed on that.  On the one hand, it is great to have some level of commitment before people inject their opinion into the mix for some discussion.  OTOH, I’m sympathetic to the desire that a lot of people want to just “follow along” without participating, and the mailman web interface is pretty uninspired.


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