Sum-up: Re-proposal: web forums

Mike Hearn mike at
Mon Apr 24 07:06:28 CDT 2006

> Now, I'm not high on crystal meth or anything, but I'll just assume
> for a moment that we all want better accessibility for the newcomers
> (even with the rise in volume that they bring), and that all agree to
> go with solution 3 :-).  Thus I'll try to outline a battle plan:

Well, my own opinion is that this is aiming for perfection where the
last 10% just isn't worth that much.

Simply setting up a stock forum program somewhere, doesn't even have
to be on the HQ servers as long as it has an official looking address,
would be have a good effort:reward ratio, whereas writing some new
forum/list interface software would not.

I rather think you'd find that part of the reason people like web
forums is that they do offer a lot of features that a pure mailing
list doesn't .... eg the ability to have a buddy icon, a personal
profile, etc. If you start from scratch you'd lose a lot of that and
then wonder why not many people were using it.

Look at it this way. There have been unofficial Wine forums before.
People already discuss it in distro-specific web forums. Yet,
wine-users is not dead, we are not suffering badly due to split
resources, and I don't see developers (well, except me sometimes)
going onto these forums to talk to people. So we appear to have
nothing to lose.

Single sign-in etc would be nice but it's _not_ essential and given
the choice between another account (really not that bad given the N^2
we all already have) or not having some official forum, I'd go for the

thanks -mike

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