[CentOS] new list proposal

Karanbir Singh mail-lists at karan.org
Thu Oct 16 09:08:47 UTC 2008


Kenneth Price wrote:
> I agree with Jeff.  While I understand this general list can become a bit overwhelming for the CentOS Staff, we all must remember that this is a GENERAL list.  All questions, from the novice to the expert should be welcome.  This list is not only a way to get problems resolved, but a very effective learning tool for all users.  Let's remember why we're here.  To support and learn from our fellow CentOS users/admins.

I dont agree with you. Here is why:

this list isnt really a general list as you put it, its more of a 
user-help and support list for people who use and are considering to use 
CentOS. This list is now also at a stage where the on-topic to off-topic 
  ratio is high enough that plenty of people who join to talk about a 
specific issue, never return back to the list. So we are not really 
doing much in terms of building the community, were in a state where 
there is one group of very vocal people, and lost of drive-by. Is that 
really the sort of situation we want to encourage and grow further into ?

Also, if you were to be one of the moderators - how many hours a day, 7 
days a week would you be offering to do sub minute response rates for 
all list moderation ?

The CentOS lists are not really moderated much, unless things go very 
crazy, and imho it would be nice to keep things that way. Focus the 
conversation, create more avenues for people to interact, and create a 
feedback loop that really does work. If for most people both the lists 
are going to be the same thing, well - feel free to subscribe to both. 
Just consider which one you want to start a conversation in when you do 
start a conversation and all will be well.

Ofcourse, a mechanism to move a conversation between lists, along with 
auto-subscribe for all users contributing to that thread, into the 
moved-to-list, would be great to have!
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