I'm wondering how the people who regularly use
fedora-users mailing list feel about that. Which would
Forums have never been something I care for. Anything which
forces its choice of interface upon me is something I don't
But that said, I don't see any reason why there could not be
a users forum and an email list co-existing. Clearly, some
people prefer forums while other prefer email. Helping
users of Fedora in whatever format they prefer seems
Both IRC and the mailing list happily co-exist today. Some
folks are in one or the other, some spend time in both. A
user-support forum would be similar. If that makes support
available to people who aren't well-served by IRC or mailing
lists, it's probably a good thing.
The only reason it would be an either/or choice is if a
global decision was made to drop support for the Fedora
Mailman instance in favor of a Discourse instance. That
doesn't seem likely for the near future, at this point.
Unfortunately, it's an either / or proposal, because there
is no interface in Discourse for emails from an email list
to be put in their forums, though they do have email
notification for new web messages.
Based on what I read as I followed the devel list thread,
there is a mailing-list mode in Discourse. It's got a
number of issues at this point, but there is some attempt by
the Discourse folks to allow interacting with the forum via
I still would be unlikely to use it because forums are
simply a different type of conversation. In my experience,
forums discourage quoting and lead to conversations that
remind me of mailing lists with no standards. They're like
being on lists where everyone top-posts.
(I generally avoid helping people who repeatedly top-post
here. There are folks who continue to do so after being
asked numerous times to respect the list customs.)
Would you willingly or reluctantly migrate to the new
If this list were replaced with a forum, I'd simply free up
the time I spend here doing other things. I have no
interest in using a forum and spending more time in some
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.