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On Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:36:34 -0500
John Kaufmann <> wrote:

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.

In my experience it becomes a way of forcing the email users to use the
web forum instead. The only purpose the email interface serves in
practice is notifying of web posts.

Even a bridge as Sophie suggests is likely to kill the mailing list

I'm hopeful,

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