[erlang-questions] List vs Group

Paulo F. Oliveira paulo.ferraz.oliveira@REDACTED
Fri Aug 8 00:09:53 CEST 2014

Wouldn't disturb me. I don't use the Google group, so... actually I thought
it was a read-only mirror of this mailing list :D, but apparently not.

- Paulo F. Oliveira

On 7 August 2014 12:12, Miles Fidelman <mfidelman@REDACTED> wrote:

> Raimo Niskanen wrote:
>> Hi all.
>> We are thinking about not allowing members of the Google group
>> Erlang Programming to post to the group.
>> This is why:
>> Once the group was set up as a mirror of the mailing list
>> erlang-questions.
>> Then people could read the list in Google groups's forum like web
>> interface, they could also join the group, and when posting, if they
>> posted to the mailing list too and were members of the mailing list
>> it all worked fine.
> When I first read the subject line, I was expecting the standard "let's
> make this a web forum" post that shows up on every list, everywhere, about
> once a year.  Glad to see that's not what this is about (I've yet to see
> that conversion end well).
>  How much would this disturb group users?  Since I do not use the group
>> myself I would not know...
> Wouldn't disturb me a bit - I subscribe to the list directly (except for
> the loss of information that might accrue if we end up with a fractured
> community).
> Just a thought: If there are significant numbers of list members who
> prefer a web interface, there are list managers that provide a web
> interface that's married at the hip to the list functions - which avoids
> the problems described here.  Both google groups and yahoo groups do that -
> but I've personally found Sympa (www.sympa.org) to be a pretty powerful,
> open-source list manager that also has web functionality.  There's also
> groupserver (groupserver.org).  Then again, I've never quite understand
> why anybody prefers to read list traffic via a web interface - it's just so
> cumbersome compared to any reasonable email client.
> Miles Fidelman
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