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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-03-13 07:49:28

Daniel Frey <daniel.frey_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Vladimir Prus wrote:
>> Just today, somebody was not able to find a way to subscribe to Boost.Build
>> mailing list (jamboost_at_[hidden]). I recall it's not the only
>> domain-specific mailing list. There's boost-documentation, there's ml for
>> Spirit, and, IIRC, for Boost.Python. I think it would be good to add
>> information about additional list.
>> I think that "index.html" will list "Domain-specific" under "Boost
>> (Developers)" and "Boost Users", and mailing_lists.html will contain
>> all further information.
>> Is this good idea? If so, I'll go ahead and add Boost.Build ml and hopefully
>> others add more.

It's a good idea to reference the other lists, but I don't love that
indexing organization. I would prefer to see a single "mailing lists"
link on the home page which points to the mailing_lists.html page.
That would list every mailing list with a short description which
could help people understand what they're getting into (i.e. volume,
topic, required level of expertise, ...)

> A general question: Is it really desirable to have separate mailing
> lists? Maybe it's just me, but I prefer one mailing list for all
> discussions.

We had this discussion long ago. I was stumping for a single list, to
keep the cross-pollination of ideas going. IMO we just have too much
going on these days IMO to do it all on one list, though.

> Of course there are discussions I don't follow, but sometimes, you
> see things in an unrelated thread that can be used for the stuff you
> are interested in. These synergy-effects are not available when the
> lists are separated.

You can almost get that by reading some of the lists through gmane
(nntp) and taking a quick browse every now and then.

> I don't really bother the higher volume.

Well in that case you can just subscribe to all of them, no?

> IMHO two lists should work: One for general discussion and one which
> only has announcements for those people that are only interested in
> new stable versions. In the discussion list, prefixes in the subject
> [spirit], [lambda], [whatever] should work well and even without
> them a good subject is all I need.

What's the advantage to you over having 4 or 5 subscriptions?

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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