[swift-evolution] [Discussion] mailing list alternative

Ted kremenek kremenek at apple.com
Thu Feb 2 20:03:39 CST 2017

> On Feb 2, 2017, at 5:35 PM, Karl Wagner via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> It's at least worth a beta test.

There are real concerns to work out here — just moving to the forum blindly would be bad if it is highly disruptive to the community having important discussions.  I DO think a forum is likely the way to go, but I also am not dismissive that individuals who are highly active on swift-evolution that prefer an email workflow will not have their own participation significantly compromised by just moving to a forum in a cavalier way.

What I have enjoyed seeing from this thread is a healthy discussion about tradeoffs of both approaches and an identification of concerns of moving away from the mailing lists.  Some responses to those concerns have been "Discourse can handle that", which to me is part of the evaluation of the tradeoffs.  I am also really happy that Nate setup the mock Discourse setup so we could evaluate thing like the email bridge.  For example, experimenting of whether or not a rich HTML email works versus plain text emails for inline responses (which turns out to have problems), etc.   That's all super useful for actually evaluating moving to Discourse, so in my mind we are actually trying things out and identifying problem points.

The other thing I'm considering is the practical logistics of getting this set up and maintained (from an infrastructure perspective).  That's not something that needs to be discussed on this thread — I'd rather the thread focus on whether a forum is the right thing for the community.  But it is still something that is being considered in tandem to this discussion, which obviously needs to be figured out before we just jump to using Discourse (if that is what we end up doing).

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