My $0.02 tossed into the fire....
I have not followed this thread and do not know if I will read
everything that has occurred since this first post and now.
I started on email in '92 with mcimail to interact with the IETF to work
on the TN3270E project. Got my domain name in '95. Loved Eudora for
years and made the transition to Thunderbird when I transitioned from
Windows to Centos on my notebook (longgg ago, before Fedora was an option).
I DO NOT like forums. I have to have too many tabs open on too many
copies of Firefox to track everything versus a mail folder. It is
significantly harder to participate in multiple conversations.
I am using Discourse with Nethserver. It **DOES** have an email
interface! I receive an email for each posting tagged in the subject
for which sub-forum it is associated with. I CAN respond directly via
email, but it does take some time to get posted. Or I can click on the
provided link and go to that thread and respond there.
Your people thinking about Discourse should talk to the Nethserver
people about their email config
That said, the email interface is not as good as the web one, but it
does work for simple responses. Mail filtering on the subject does
allow me to put all messages into proper folders here.
Another advantage of email is I can read and respond while I am on a
plane (provided I synced down my inbox, but all folders are local).
Can't do that with a forum with the performance you get with airplane
internet connectivity. Particularly trans-ocean.
So my vote on forums and Discourse is a -0.5.
But if you DO go with it, configure it similar to what Nethserver
community has done. Then get the Discourse people to improve the email
interface. And maybe the Thunderbird people can do improvements or
maybe a plugin for better response capability.
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IEEE Senior Member (since '01)
On 10/20/18 5:42 PM, stan wrote:
There's a big mail thread on fedora-devel about using a web forum
software called Discourse instead of mailing lists. The idea is that
it would invigorate the Fedora community by encouraging younger people
raised on social media and mobile platforms to contribute. One of the
targets they have mentioned is the user list, because of its nature of
short term question and answer topics. There has been push-back by
developers because they have their custom solutions all working great
around email lists for doing their work.
I'm wondering how the people who regularly use fedora-users mailing
list feel about that. Which would you prefer? 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. Would you willingly or
reluctantly migrate to the new platform?
Here are a few links from that thread.
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