[OpenIndiana-discuss] Help with website

Ken Gunderson kgunders at teamcool.net
Sun Oct 9 19:37:38 UTC 2011

On Sun, 2011-10-09 at 12:32 -0700, Gregory Youngblood wrote:
> On Oct 9, 2011, at 11:38 AM, Ken Gunderson wrote:
> > On Sun, 2011-10-09 at 02:51 -0400, Richard L. Hamilton wrote:
> >> On Oct 8, 2011, at 9:49 PM, Josef 'Jeff' Sipek wrote:
> >> 
> >>> On Sat, Oct 08, 2011 at 06:35:57PM -0600, LinuxBSDos.com wrote:
> >>>>>> As Bernd Helber remarked, forums can play a significant role in Linux
> >>>>>> distributions, as they allow users to "have conversations". It would be
> >>>>>> great if an initiative to create one for OI could be started.
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> I agree that forums are more user-friendly when you're searching for
> >>>>> an answer that already exists. However, I find mailing lists easier to
> >>>>> interact with and reply to on a regular basis. I think the reason the
> >>>>> OpenSolaris forums worked so well is that each forum also had a
> >>>>> mailing list bridged with it, so you got the best of both worlds (easy
> >>>>> search and easy participation). My request would be the the mailing
> >>>>> lists not be dumped in favor of forums, but rather set up as another
> >>>>> way of participating with the forums.
> >>>> 
> >>>> I didn't call for abandoning the mailing list, rather for setting up
> >>>> something that is more community-oriented.
> >>>> 
> >>>> So, who's gonna make the decision?
> >>> 
> >>> I think that having a bridge between the two would be great.  Either way, we
> >>> could set up some experimental thing and see if it works.
> >>> 
> >>> Jeff.
> >> 
> >> I must be old-fashioned, but I find an NNTP server easier than forums (and less junk accumulating on my mail server).  Seamonkey has an adequate reader, although I prefer knews.  Those have nice threading, killfiles, etc.  And they're usually _much_ faster and less problems than a web forum.
> > 
> > +1!!!
> > 
> > Sad that newer generation seems to have missed this very useful protocol
> > - indeed, as some have argued, "the original groupware".
> Yes. as I said in a previous message, it seems the new generation of "internet" users are really "web" users. If it's not on the web it's doesn't really count. Sad.

Yet I have NEVER gone to e.g. FreeBSD forums for an answer.  Maybe they
got some good people there.  I don't know.  But I DO know that the lists
are where the true experts hang out.  Now if all you need is someone to
point you to /etc or something.... ???

The point is that it depends a lot on the particular community. And it's
goals.  OpenBSD, for example, has now desires for world domination and
could care less whether I eat their dog food or not. 

Regards-- Ken Gunderson

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