[llvm-dev] An internet Forum instead of mailing lists?

Joan Lluch via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue Oct 8 12:49:00 PDT 2019

Hi David,

That’s interesting, because I have a totally different experience. On a forum, every topic gets its own thread, and replies are always there in order for future reference. Topic categories can be defined which encourage subject classification. Advanced searching helps to find already answered questions, prevent duplicates, and enable the continuation of discussions even years later. 
Mails however are always a mess in my mailboxes, because even if filtered, it’s difficult to precisely follow conversation flows or find past topics. Also, the way to keep conversation history is by quoting others, which tends to be inconsistent and has a limit. Maintaining subjects for long is difficult and finding content a pain. To me a proper forum is superior and useful than mailing lists. Or at least based on my past experience. 


> On 8 Oct 2019, at 17:53, David Greene <greened at obbligato.org> wrote:
> Joan Lluch via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> writes:
>> I suppose this has been asked before, but I wasn’t able to find a
>> discussion on the subject.
>> Is there a reason for not using a web based interface instead of a
>> mailing list?. It seems to me that a using a private Forum would bring
>> a lot of advantages.
> I personally far prefer a mailing list.  It is easy to filter e-mails
> and doesn't require a web browser.  Every forum setup I've used makes it
> much clunkier to respond to messages than with e-mail.
>                        -David

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