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On 2021-02-17 10:22, Dave Howorth wrote:
On Wed, 17 Feb 2021 09:03:41 -0500 John Kaufmann wrote:
On 2021-02-17 04:06, sophi wrote:

Just to let you know, we, at TDF, are working on replacing the Ask
forum by Discourse. We have had a test period with the members
regularly answering on Ask. If Discourse is not fully replacing a
Q&A forum, it is the most appropriate at the moment and we can
extend it to serve other purposes on the future. ...

Looks interesting, and seems to have potential to subsume also the
mailing list system. (It needs to be integrated with a MTA, which it
does not provide, but merging web and mailing list forums seems to be
an explicit objective.) If so, that could solve the problem of which
forum (AskLibO or mailing list) to use for a question. Is the intent
to also migrate the mailing lists to Discourse?

I seriously hope not! Discourse works OK as a forum but the mailing
list side is very much a poor cousin. Far easier and better to use a
plain mailing list IME & IMHO.

I sympathize, Dave; I also like a mailing list or newsgroup. It sounds like you know Discourse and 
find the mailing list side wanting. But if Discourse is an attempt to serve in a single forum users 
comfortable in both media, it may at least /become/ a solution to the problem of a fragmented user 
knowledge base.

I'm hopeful,

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