mailinglist vs web forum

Michele Dondi blazar at
Thu Sep 28 08:07:56 UTC 2006

On Fri, 22 Sep 2006, Tobias Richter wrote:

> I'm quit new to the crux community but i really like it - it's one of 
> the best distribution i used so far (the ports system is really great 
> and crux linux is so kiss).


> But there are is one point where crux can not keep up with other 
> distributions and that is the help for "crux newbies" (i don't meen 
> linux newbies for this species maybe a other disti. is better...). There

I beg to differ. CRUX has a reputation of being a distro targeted at 
experts, but I'm far from being one, and I'm happily using it. OTOH it 
does help increasing one's expertise.

> is quit a good documentation but the only way where a user can ask 
> questitions are irc or the mailinglist. I like irc and mailinglists, but

I have no experience with irc, but generally I favour ml and/or nntp 
approach, better if both channels are available and integrated. (There's 
now an easy solution for this in terms of gmane.)

> forums are quit normal for every distribution and they have disadvantage 
> but they also advantages specialy for new users. And forums are mostly 
> better adoptive then mailinglists - so nearly every distri. have a forum

Whether they're "normal" or not I don't really care much. A mail or nntp 
based form of support is better suited to the kiss phylosophy of CRUX.

> only crux linux have none. Hence i have simply put a forum under the 
> domain please review and maybe someone can put a link at 
> to the forum ?

IMHO it would be nice if such a beast would not provide a *separate* 
channel than the ml, but if they were integrated. There should be 
technical means to do so.

> I respect Johannes thoughts about a forum and we will follow them:
> 1. for this to work, motivated CRUX _users_ must take the responsibility to provide help/support there
> 2. the mailing list is authoritive and the place for "official" discussion.

Well done!

If memory serves, Prof. Hermann Zapf considered using Palatino for his wedding
invitation (but reconsidered and used one of his wife's designs instead ---
there's a lesson in that I guess).
- William Adams in comp.text.tex, "Re: Simple Wedding Invitations in LaTeX2e"

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