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Subject: Re: Traffic on this list
From: Robert Tweed (robert_at_killingmoon.com)
Date: 2002-08-10


----- Original Message -----
From: "Alex Gitelman" <alex_at_fg-soup.com>
>
> It appears that traffic on this list grew substantially -
> it goes over 100 messages a day.
> Would it make sense to split it in 2-3 lists.
> For example, feature requests and bug reports should go to different
> list (if at all) rather than to general discussion.
> Other options: UI List, Playback list, Build/Install support.
> Or: Users list, developers list.

I was just thinking exactly the same thing. At the very least, all the crap
that get's CC'd from sourceforge should /not/ be going to this list. It now
accounts for a huge proportion of the traffic, and since it doesn't appear
to be designed to be read on a list like this, it's hard to find the new
stuff among the quotes. Now I just skip them and don't bother trying to
follow them at all. I think they should be taken off this list, and if some
people do want to get them by mail, another list could be created soley for
that.

It /might/ be beneficial to also split the list into more specific
discussion groups, but in my experience that type of fragmentation is not
beneficial, and people seldom stick to it (plus things get crossposted
between all the lists a lot, further increasing uneccesary traffic). I don't
actually think the *true* traffic levels are that yet high enough to warrant
that, I just think we need to get rid of the superfluous notifications from
sourceforge.

If the list does get split, I would suggest splitting it into design
(features, interface, etc.), technical (developers only) and support. That
way there should be a very clear divide between the lists without the need
for much overlap, and many people will only be interested in one or the
other (a lot of lists split into 2 or 3, but almost everyone still has to
subscribe to all 3 because they overlap too much!).

- Robert



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