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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] resources about mailing lists vs. forums (e.g.

From: J.B. Nicholson
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] resources about mailing lists vs. forums (e.g. Discourse)
Date: Sat, 4 May 2019 22:25:36 -0500
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Michael Downey wrote:
Blaming the Discourse software project ("") for the
capacity Mozilla did or didn't build out for their forum would be like
blaming Automattic (builders of WordPress) for my project's site outage
during LibrePlanet that year. It's neither accurate nor fair.

Are you saying that Mozilla decides how the server resources at are set up?

From what I could tell by looking at some pages on (such as Mozilla is not mentioned as a project manager. I'm well aware that Discourse is software and is an instance of said software. But as far as I could tell Mozilla chose to have their forum hosted by Hence Mozilla did not decide to have too few server resources set up, the people who run did.

BTW, like mailing lists, Discourse users can subscribe in mailing list
mode and receive an email for every post on the system, creating their
own offline cache of information. I've got an individual email in my
Inbox, auto-moved to a special folder, for each reply to the topic in
the forum you link to above.

But there's no need to settle for either because both mailing lists and online web forums are all single points of censorship and technical failure. Newsgroups hosted across many cooperating NNTP servers is a well-known, tested, and more resilient structure both to avoid censorship and weak infrastructural choices. It could be that power over other people's posts is seen as an attractive point rather than something to avoid (consider that Mozilla appears to be pro-censorship in their community posting guidelines).

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