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This is an improvement i would like to see too. I haven´t introduced myself properly in this list 
yet, but i have been following it for some time. Some of the troubles i´ve found were described by 
Paulo José.

Following mailing lists that discuss topics as complex as design issues, where many iterations are 
required, several topic voted/discused, and new ideias thrown to the mix, becomes quite unfriendly. 
Even with current e-mail capabilities to group related conversations, it´s not easy to keep track 
of everything specially when there´s links to everywhere just to show a simple sketch or an 
improved banner or icon.

This is one of the reasons i don´t participate more actively. Just out of curiosity, this is the 
second mailing list i try to participate/follow (sometime ago i´ve tried to join/follow OpenOffice 
art list) but for some reason i still find it too clunky and complicated. For comparison i actively 
post in several graphic/tech forums where it´s by far a much more pleasant experience.

I don´t know the reason why most open source software use mailing lists to keep up the development 
(i´m sure there´s a good one), but for graphic related subjects, where we need to see and work with 
images this seems a somewhat week solution.
Maybe it´s well suited for programmers but it´s definitely not for designers.


On Saturday, 29 January, 2011 at 4:15 PM, Paulo José wrote:

Hi everybody!

I know I'm new here and this topic was probably discussed some times, 
but I wanna know what you think about it now.

The mail listing format is very objective and clear to use. We just need 
to reply an email to take part in a discussion. But when the discussion 
grows up, it starts to be impossible don't be disturbed by noise of 
other discussions and even understand the thread flow.

The forum format is not too simply. You usually need to sign up and 
login for each participation on a discuss. But as advantage you have 
more a organized discuss and concise, new features like posting images 
and attaches, true links, create polls, correct mistakes in your 
messages, and others.

So I looked up on Google about the possibility of migrate a mail listing 
to a forum system. Many people talk about the disadvantages [1] on doing 
it, and how just few mail listing members do login in a forum... All 
their negative points are related to the differences between forum these 
two discuss format. Isn't there a way to unify the advantages of both?

There is! Some forum systems that I found actually have support to 
integrate mail listings, and one of them, called FUDforum [2], has total 
integration, allowing to the forum archive emails from mail listings and 
also send the messages posted in the forum to the mail listing [3]! No 
more need to login in the forum. Is this not great? We could have the 
both of two worlds!

Along the importing process of FUDforum, is possible automagically 
create new users (by their email address) and normalize the text of 
emails (per example, remove the "[libreoffice-design]" signature from 
the message subtitle). At last, an important thing: FUDforum is /free/ 
and /open source/.

I personally like the forum format and believe that our productivity 
would be increased in a power by 2 using it in long discussions and 
interactive activities, thanks to its advantages. Well, what do you 
think about it? Is this a possibility to be discussed now?

Thank you in advance for your time!

[1] "Moving a mailing list to a forum?"

[2] "What is FUDforum?"

[3] "FUDforum's Mailing List Manager"

Paulo José O. Amaro
Computer Science Student
Federal University of São João del-Rei
WebDesigner / Linked Empresa Júnior
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