jmcnab at jmcnab at
Fri Jan 18 10:50:05 EST 2019

As someone who actively dislikes mailing lists I think this would be a positive move.

Have you considered just using the projects existing Github issues for this purpose? I’ve always been confused by the split between bug reports on github and everything else here, when many projects simply use GitHub for both. You need to inplement a bit of structure in terms of labels and issue templates but could this be a viable alternative and keep everything simple and in one obvious place?

> On 17 Jan 2019, at 6:04 pm, Dan Morphis <dan at> wrote:
> I've created the first Discourse post :)
> -dan
>> On Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 1:01 AM Zaid Abdulla <zaid at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> First off, apologies for not being active here for a number of months
>> now. Last year has been a very busy and stressful year for me and I was
>> barely able to keep up with work from the commercial side. I hope I'll
>> be more active now that I'm a little more on top of things :)
>> That said, I want to hear your thoughts about possibly moving to a
>> forum software for the community discussions. I like mailing lists, but
>> I have two major gripes with them:
>> 1) Formatting and threading. Most email clients use HTML emails and
>> have different formatting quoting styles. Then there's those corporate
>> email footers with a wall of text and logos! Worse yet, some email
>> clients don't handle threading properly. All that may not be a deal
>> breaker during the conversation, but it doesn't help make the email
>> archive into a good reference for future readers. These issues can be
>> *partially* mitigated by enforcing plain-text in Mailman (the mailing
>> list software), stripping attachments, and generally being anal about
>> posting rules.
>> 2) This may not be a problem per-se, and maybe it's just me, but IMO
>> email is best for thorough and complete responses while in a forum a
>> back and forth exchange of short messages is perfectly okay. With
>> email, after a few exchanges you end up with a deeply nested thread and
>> the quoted text becomes an unreadable mess.
>> With regards to the forum software of choice, I really like Flarum.
>> However, Discourse, which I also like, offers a hosted version and that
>> is a big plus for me as I'd rather not deal with maintenance and
>> upgrades. I went ahead and started a trial with Discourse. It's
>> available at Feel free to sign up and give it a
>> spin.
>> -- 
>> Zaid Abdulla <zaid at>
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