On Sat, 6 Feb 2021 at 18:39, Stephen John Smoogen <smooge at gmail.com> wrote: > > > On Sat, 6 Feb 2021 at 15:57, Frank Cox <theatre at sasktel.net> wrote: > >> On Sat, 6 Feb 2021 15:22:21 -0500 >> Jonathan Billings wrote: >> >> 1.) you assume people will clearly label their off topic threads >> >> I think that in most cases that will happen, yes, since people with a >> technical background understand that clarity and precision are important >> when posting a question or observation or asking for advice. >> >> 2.) as we’ve seen, those off topic threads often weave in and out of >> on-topic threads until a moderator tells you to take it to another venue. >> >> Which of course never happens now with threads that start off discussing >> some aspect of Centos? >> > >> > You’ll dilute the usefulness of this list to the point that it will be >> > worthless for people who are interested in CentOS topics. >> >> In your opinion. On average, this is not a high-traffic mailing list and >> I'd be really surprised if the traffic actually increased in any >> significant way since a question that might today be asked about Centos >> will be asked tomorrow about Rocky; either way, there's no net increase in >> the traffic, just a change in the subject line. >> >> > I have now administered mailing lists for 25+ years and I have found that > what happens is that off-topic traffic basically causes an echo chamber > effect over time. The people having the side conversations get louder and > louder over time not because the list gets larger but because they have > 'driven' off the people who were here for a specific focus. The people > remaining become more and more of an echo chamber moving the 'topic' to > being wha > > I realize that this has been a traumatic split in the culture for a lot of > people (myself included), but there is a point where the list main topic of > discussion will be on how to use/administer/fix CentOS Stream and CentOS-7 > versus Oracle/FreeBSD/Rocky/Alma/Debian/Slackware/etc. > > I can ask for a generic-enterprise-nix (genix?) list on the CentOS mailman > and see if that can take up the traffic for the people who feel that they > want and need to talk about alternatives. If that is acceptable then people > can subscribe there and talk in detail about other operating systems > choices. I do believe these conversations do need to happen but not > everyone wants to hear the 4 Yorkshiremen skit every day as we 'old-timers' > deal with our past. > > > https://pagure.io/centos-infra/issue/214 The list may not make sense to be on the CentOS mail servers so I may need to look at either Fedora or a different site. > -- > Stephen J Smoogen. > > -- Stephen J Smoogen.