Use of a "bulletin board" system in lieu of a mailing-list discussion


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Dan,
Other than the difficulty of setting up and maintaining the site, I
think
it’s a fabulous idea!
Then again, I’m just as new as you are, but in general I think it would
be
way better. Especially for new folks jumping in and learning all the
past
body of knowledge.
-William

On 09/02/2010 10:47 AM, Dan H. wrote:

Hello, all.

OK, I know I’m just the “new guy” here, and it may be poor form to
suggest that a well established forum should change its ways…

But I find the email-based discussion list VERY inefficient.

A lot of people on here seem to use Nabble which provides the bulletin
board interface. The mailing list already has search and archive
features, as do Nabble and Google.

On a more philosophical note, I think a mailing list better encourages
participation and community. For example, if everyone only looked at
the forum when they had a question that they were hoping to have
answered, then there would never be anybody there to answer them.

Matt

On Thu, Sep 02, 2010 at 01:47:34PM -0400, Dan H. wrote:

Hello, all.

OK, I know I’m just the “new guy” here, and it may be poor form to
suggest that a well established forum should change its ways…

:slight_smile:

But I find the email-based discussion list VERY inefficient.

  • any sense of “threading” of a conversation is lost (at least for
    me: I receive the “digest” version.)
  • if there is a way for me to “search” for my issue in “prior
    threads”, I haven’t found it yet. (Maybe I’m missing it… or
    maybe it doesn’t exist)

Google works for me:

gnuradio +

gets me one of the N mailing list archives, where the messages are
threaded.

  • email arrives even on days when I’m not focusing on my GNU radio projects.

Gee, that sounds like your mail handling tools suck.

I’d suggest the non-digest format, and have your MUA automatically
put the messages into a folder that you only look at when you care
about GNU Radio. I’m assuming that your MUA can sort out the
threading.

Is there any interest in considering a shift to it or something similar?
Who knows? You can of course subscribe an address that gets
gateway’d to where ever you like.

Yes, it would need: a physical host, effort to set it up, an admin
(for membership issues), and a panel moderators (to edit / move
threads when necessary). And maybe the cost of the software.

I understand that if there is a lack of interest (to participate),
or if no one is available to set it up, it won’t happen. If so:
/c’est la vie/… However, I just wanted to float the idea in case
there is general interest and the right set of volunteers.

– Dan H.

Thanks for the suggestion and the links.

Eric

On Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 8:26 AM, Douglas G.
[email protected] wrote:

2.) I do see the value of some of the more recent Q&A type websites.
In particular I’ll point to stackoverflow (and the related
stackexchange set of websites) as an excellent repository of knowledge
that excels at building a community. Although, while there are a few
questions tagged [gnuradio] on stackoverflow, I don’t think it has
caught on as a place to ask DSP/comms/gnuradio related programming
questions.

There’s a new stackexchange group forming specific to amateur radio.
It’s in the pre-beta phases now, gathering a supportive community.

Anyone interested in this sort of Q&A web site can check this out here:

http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/1795/amateur-radio

The FAQ link at the top of the page has good information about the
formation process for these groups.

Steve Conklin, AI4QR

On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM, Matt E. [email protected] wrote:

interface. The mailing list already has search and archive features, as do
Nabble and Google.

On a more philosophical note, I think a mailing list better encourages
participation and community. For example, if everyone only looked at the
forum when they had a question that they were hoping to have answered, then
there would never be anybody there to answer them.

Matt

I generally agree with Matt’s comments, but I’ll add two things:
1.) The Wiki is there to be a more permanent repository of knowledge
(i.e. something that’s easy to reference vs. the ‘conversational’
style of the mailing list)

2.) I do see the value of some of the more recent Q&A type websites.
In particular I’ll point to stackoverflow (and the related
stackexchange set of websites) as an excellent repository of knowledge
that excels at building a community. Although, while there are a few
questions tagged [gnuradio] on stackoverflow, I don’t think it has
caught on as a place to ask DSP/comms/gnuradio related programming
questions.

In any event, I personally still see lots of value in participating
the mailing list, but figured I’d throw out the fact that there are
already some other options to look for information.
Doug


Doug G.
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