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Re: creating a mailinglist for packaging specific topics?


On 02/05/2012 06:38 AM, Russell Bryant wrote:
On 02/05/2012 12:27 PM, Christian Berendt wrote:
Hello together.

I think it's a good idea to create a mailinglist for packaging specific
topics. This list here is IMO not the right place for discussions on
such topics, because a lot of people have to read (or at least they
have to filter those mails into /dev/null) them and this will waste a
huge amount of time, which could be spend more useful topics.

I don't think the amount of traffic on cross-distribution packaging
related collaboration would be that high to really be a problem on this
list.  I'd rather not have to sign up for yet another mailing list.

Hi Christian!

So, the topic of multiple mailing lists has come up before and we've even tried topical mailing lists before, but the amount of traffic on them tends to be too low for it to be worth the extra ML subscription. I've also made the argument before that with a general mailing list (this one), you get a wider audience and people that may not always get excited about distribution specifics may be exposed to important discussions, learn something new, and in general just be made aware of the state of a particular subcommunity by scanning/skimming emails.

After all, it's easy enough to just delete/archive emails that you really don't care about -- or create filters.

When posting distribution-specific topics to the main mailing list, just use the convention "[TOPIC] Discussion subject" as your email subject. So, something like:

[DISTRO] Common place to house RPM-based distro artifacts

That way, it's easy for folks to ignore if they don't wish to follow the conversation.

All the best,

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