[Systems] Mailmain configuration

Dave Crossland dave at lab6.com
Thu Apr 21 11:31:37 EDT 2016

On 21 April 2016 at 11:15, Bernie Innocenti <bernie at codewiz.org> wrote:

> It's not possible to configure mailing lists in a way that satisfies all
> common usecases, and since users tend to get used to the way the list
> has always worked, if we change it we'll anger many of the existing
> subscribers.

Sure, so the common and divergent use cases must be prioritised.

1. A Fact: The lists have many existing subscribers, but few active ones.

2. My Opinion: An important goal for SL itself is to grow the active

Thus I think it is a higher priority to configure for growth than for
existing members.

> Note that individual list administrators *can* change this setting
> themselves. So perhaps lists oriented towards non-technical users could
> be configured to reply-to-list by default without the system's team
> approval. But then... wouldn't that be even more confusing for users who
> subscribe to multiple SL lists?

I like James' idea of creating a new list as a kind of bushfire regrowth.

Perhaps in setting up mailman3, we can just set up a single general
discussions list, and move all technical discussions to issue tracker, and
set the mailman2 to read only.

> Instead of micro-optimizing mailman2, let's work on a longer-term
> solution: migrate to mailman3 and offer non-technical users a friendly
> web interface to post to the lists.

mailman3 will still warrant the micro-optimization prioritization :)
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