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ETA: I am the administrator for a shared hosting server in a collocation center in times square, NY, (we have got plenty of bandwidth). If you guys actually want to get a forum setup, I can host it for you.

It will be my contribution to the LibreOffice Design team.

I'll post more about the server soon...

On 01/29/2011 10:15 AM, 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"

Kevin Soviero
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Phone: (512) 672-9641

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