[Samba] Samba Forum vs. Mailing List?`!

Felix Miata mrmazda at earthlink.net
Wed Jun 30 10:42:42 MDT 2010

On 2010/06/30 19:14 (GMT+0300) Tom H. Lautenbacher composed:

> 1. If you come to Samba (or any other community project) as a NEW user, you
> could find all the previous information and communication nicely organized
> in the forum. The forum serves as a knowledgebase, which helps new users to
> integrate quickly and supports them in getting the things setup without
> pain. You can find the threads sorted in different subject-categories and
> start browsing them, or you can start a forum search, which has a much
> higher relevance of results, than a global google search.

Any given post may or may not belong in a particular subject category, may
belong in multiple categories, and may not be included in the most
appropriate category. Categorization as a benefit, absent considerable
involvement by the admin, is an illusion.

> Opposed to this: If you join NEW to a mailing list initially you do not find
> ANYTHING, but have to start collecting emails in a personal archive over the
> years (as you do). But if you need certain information NOW, the only
> alternative is to do a Google-Search which is very sub-optimal to do,
> compared to a forum search, or the logical division of subjects in a Forum.

I subscribe to well in excess of 60 mailing lists. I'm aware of none of them
that do not have a searchable archive, which may or may not use Google as its
search engine, but nevertheless limits the searches to the archive itself at
least optionally.
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

 Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409

Felix Miata  ***  http://fm.no-ip.com/

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