Sean S.-2 wrote:
I don’t agree. Half the time, emails to the list that are sent from the
forum are “out of context” because the reply did not quote the original
and the replier assumes it’s just being read by the forum reader. For
those of us that just use the list, that leaves fragmented messages that
have no context in order to give a meaningful response.
That is true. But forcing a user to quote in reply can also cause
excessive nested quotes … A simpler solution to this problem is to
have the current “Posted via http://www.ruby-forum.com/” tag line
linking back to the corresponding thread in that forum.
By the way, I am a member of a project called Nabble - part of it has a
similiar idea to Gmane and RForum in providing mailing lists with a
searchable archive, a threaded view, and a web gateway.
Nabble also uses Lucene for search. The difference is that Nabble allows
to combine child lists for browsing and search. For example, RubyOnRails
has several mailing lists, instead of browsing and searching them
separately, you can also browse and search from the common parent here:
Or here is a combined archive of all Ruby related lists organized in
I am posting from Nabble’s interface. If you want to view the context of
this thread, you can click the link at the end of the message. The
default view is a flat dump view, but there is a “View Threaded” link
that you can click, then it will become a threaded view. That will show
the context of a post bridged from web.
I hope this can help the discussion.