[swift-evolution] [Discussion] mailing list alternative

Nevin Brackett-Rozinsky nevin.brackettrozinsky at gmail.com
Wed Jan 25 23:22:45 CST 2017

Can a forum be configured to send each new post to the mailing list with
proper subject line?

If so, that would enable a best-of-both-worlds scenario—or at least the
ability to dip our toes in a forum to see if it works, while still showing
everything on-list.


On Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 11:28 PM, Chris Lattner via swift-evolution <
swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

> 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.
> -Chris
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