[swift-evolution] [Discussion] mailing list alternative

Charles Srstka cocoadev at charlessoft.com
Thu Jan 26 13:37:32 CST 2017

For a tiny but massively important part of Apple on which they’re essentially betting the entire future of the company? Yeah, I think the world’s richest Fortune 500 company can afford to allocate the resources for a web forum.


> On Jan 26, 2017, at 1:30 PM, Austin Zheng <austinzheng at gmail.com> wrote:
> Apple having billions of dollars, and the Swift team as a tiny part of Apple with associated resource allocations, are two completely different things. Please don't be obtuse.
> Best,
> Austin
> On Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 11:27 AM, Charles Srstka <cocoadev at charlessoft.com <mailto:cocoadev at charlessoft.com>> wrote:
>> On Jan 26, 2017, at 12:54 PM, Austin Zheng via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org <mailto:swift-evolution at swift.org>> wrote:
>> I don't like mailing lists in particular (or, really, at all), but I haven't yet seen a good answer to the question: who is going to put in the long-term commitment to host and maintain a replacement solution, moderate forums, make technical upgrades and backups, and perform all the other maintenance and administrative work it takes to properly run a system like Discourse, a web forum, or even a bug tracker. I suspect that any such solution is going to require an additional commitment since 1). we will no longer be able to leverage shared mailing-list infrastructure that is run by people outside the Swift team, 2). it's pretty much a given IMO that any solution which encourages richer and easier interaction is going to require additional community curation.
> Are we really arguing that Apple, the most valuable corporation in the world, does not have the resources to host a web forum?
> Charles

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