Re: META: move from mailing lists to slashcode-based site?

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sat Dec 29 2001 - 20:12:28 MST

Dossy wrote:
> I don't know if this has already been discussed, but have people
> considered moving from mailing lists to a slashcode-based discussion
> and community site format?

I hope we never do this as I find mailing lists much more
effective discussion spaces than slashdot web based
discussions. Mailing lists are especially effective when backed
by good archives. Slashdot spaces are two hierarchical based on
initial topic and not easily sorted by other criteria.
Responses tend to not be read if made to branches of the tree
already seen or skipped. The time entered element is lost.

> Perhaps keep the mailing lists in place, but also have a slashcode-based
> community site as well?

What for?

> The reason I suggest this is because of the way discussion tends
> to evolve on the mailing list. People post interesting bits of
> "news" which generates a sizable number of responses, some interesting,
> some not. In the slash model, the news could be posted, and comments
> could be posted, then moderated up or down. This way, not everyone
> would have to tread through each and every single comment ...
> hopefully increasing the signal-to-noise ratio.

But also making it difficult if not impossible to sort and
search in other ways afterward.

I would tend to be opposed unless the slashsite forward all
messages to the normal mailing list also and users could
subscribe to and look at one or both at will.

- samantha

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