[swift-users] Plan to move swift-evolution and swift-users mailing lists to Discourse

Gavin Eadie gavin at umich.edu
Wed Feb 22 14:18:42 CST 2017

I've been participating on email lists and forums for forty-ish years and
this dichotomy has been an ever present cloud hanging over that activity,
sometimes, sadly, to the extent that the list-v-forum debate has swamped
the desired topic of conversation .. I've seen it reach language-war

I'll express my ignorance before I go further .. I have not tracked the
progress of recent (typically web-based) computer aided communications
products so don't bite my head off .. what follows is a position I've held
for a long time, a plea for a product that may well exist now.

I'm a big 'delayed binding' fan which, in this context, could mean
separating the storage of the content from the display of the content.
Surely there are stores that can be accessed by IMAP (for those that want
the 'mailing list' experience and the Eudora interface), and by other
methods SQL, REST, JSON (for those who want a more expressive web-app

This would seem to be in the same spirit of Markdown .. expressive when
rendered, but quite readable in its raw form.

I'm sure you get the idea .. doesn't any such thing exist?

On Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 4:41 PM, Lane Schwartz via swift-users <
swift-users at swift.org> wrote:

> Is there a plan to enable an integrated mailing list functionality so that
> those of us who prefer that modality can continue to participate via email?
> Other forum software that I've been asked to use in the past (sorry, I
> can't remember the name) had this functionality, and it made a huge
> difference for me.
> On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 6:03 PM, Ted kremenek via swift-users <
> swift-users at swift.org> wrote:
>> [...] Specifically, there are those who really value using email for
>> participation on swift-evolution and swift-users, and the goal is to get
>> the forum setup to allow those people to continue to feel effective when
>> using email for discussions on these "lists".
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