which list to write to (was Re: x offset in landscape mode)

William Kenworthy billk at iinet.net.au
Sat Jul 12 02:01:35 CEST 2008

On Fri, 2008-07-11 at 16:01 +0100, Stroller wrote:
> On 11 Jul 2008, at 02:44, W.Kenworthy wrote:
> > On Thu, 2008-07-10 at 15:41 +0100, Stroller wrote:
> >>
> >>> Or to merge them?
> >>
> >> Yikes! Please no!
> >>
> >
> > Keep in mind that:
> > The more lists you have, the more fragmented the data is and the  
> > harder
> > it is to both find relevant data (generally you have to be a member of
> > the list), and get participants to threads.  The less likely mail goes
> > to the correct list, the less likely those who "need" to see it (vs
> > those who just want it) are likely to see it.
> In making these remarks you don't address any of my comments  
> regarding the clutter of unwanted topics.
I didnt think I was ...
Just making a point for my view - that list fragmentation is counter
productive, and the OM lists are a good demonstration of it.

> > For this reason, all my OM emails go to one folder, which defeats the
> > reason for having so many lists
> That is YOUR choice. It doesn't defeat the object for anyone else who  
> chooses to filter their lists differently.
>From my point of view you are looking at it back to front - you are
forcing me to subscribe and manage multiple mailing lists that overlap
just so I can get a coherent view of OM - why not have two lists as
suggested based on broad categories and get the users to filter them ...

> > - so all I have is the annoyance of
> > managing the procmail filters ...
> I don't use procmail, but with maildrop it is trivial to regex  
> anything Openmoko-related into a single folder.
> I have recently started separateing the -device-owners & -community  
> lists, but last week I was using:
>    if ( /^X-Beenthere: .*openmoko.org/ )
>    {
>        log "-------------------------------------------------------  
> OpenMoko List "
>        to "${MAILBOX}/.Geek.Linux.Lists.OpenMoko"
>    }
> > and suddenly discovering that emails I am
> > interested in have been going to a list I wasnt aware of.
> It's not that hard to make yourself aware of the other lists.
actually it is 

> I don't wish to be aggressive with you - I'm just making a point -  
> but is it my fault if you're too lazy to check out the other lists  
> available?
> Users should become aware of the other lists pretty quickly when it  
> is pointed out to them, "hey, this is more suitable for -device- 
> owners, please post there".
> Stroller.
Isnt that my point - "Users should become aware of the other lists
pretty quickly when it is pointed out to them"

Basicly I know it wont change anything, but it always helps when someone
points out that your view of the universe isnt the same as everybody
elses ...


* not going to reply to anymore on this topic as "minds are fixed in

More information about the community mailing list