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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] resources about mailing lists vs. forums (e.g.
Re: [libreplanet-discuss] resources about mailing lists vs. forums (e.g. Discourse)
Sat, 4 May 2019 22:25:36 -0500
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Michael Downey wrote:
Blaming the Discourse software project ("discourse.org") 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
discourse.org are set up?
From what I could tell by looking at some pages on discourse.org (such as
https://www.discourse.org/copyright) Mozilla is not mentioned as a project
manager. I'm well aware that Discourse is software and discourse.org is an
instance of said software. But as far as I could tell Mozilla chose to have
their forum hosted by discourse.org. Hence Mozilla did not decide to have
too few server resources set up, the people who run discourse.org 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).
Re: [libreplanet-discuss] resources about mailing lists vs. forums (e.g. Discourse), John Sullivan, 2019/05/05
Re: [libreplanet-discuss] resources about mailing lists vs. forums (e.g. Discourse), Eric Wong, 2019/05/06