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  1. #1
    Gadfly, Former Founder Slim Devices dean's Avatar
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    Discussion list overload and Gossamer Forum

    Hi Folks,

    I'd like to get some feedback from folks on the list about the volume
    of mail on this discussion list.

    Despite doing my best to configure my mailer, I'm feeling overwhelmed
    by the volume of messages. The vast majority of the traffic is great,
    but we may be reaching the breaking point on the list.

    One would be to split the list into multiple smaller lists, but I fear
    that this would fragment the community too much.

    Personally, I prefer mailing lists to web-based forums, but I think
    we're reaching the limit of what's manageable on a discussion list.
    The leading candidate is Gossamer Forum.

    <http://www.gossamer-threads.com/scripts/gforum/index.htm>

    One nice feature of Gossamer Forums is that it allows e-mail
    subcriptions, which lets folks get daily digests if they prefer. I'd
    like to hear some feedback on this move, especially if anyone has
    experience with this specific product.

    Thanks,

    dean

  2. #2
    Kevin O. Lepard
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    Discussion list overload and Gossamer Forum

    >One nice feature of Gossamer Forums is that it allows e-mail
    >subcriptions, which lets folks get daily digests if they prefer.


    That would be ok with me. I like seeing the messages in my email and
    don't generally take the time to hit a forum every day. If I could
    get the content of the forum emailed to me in an organized fashion,
    that would be ok.

    Kevin
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    NOT a Slim Devices Employee kdf's Avatar
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    Discussion list overload and Gossamer Forum

    Quoting dean blackketter <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>:


    > <http://www.gossamer-threads.com/scripts/gforum/index.htm>
    >
    > One nice feature of Gossamer Forums is that it allows e-mail
    > subcriptions, which lets folks get daily digests if they prefer. I'd
    > like to hear some feedback on this move, especially if anyone has
    > experience with this specific product.


    If it helps you deal with your flooding inbox, that's enough for me. It seems
    nice enough as forum software goes. I didn't find anything about recieving
    individual emails, which is a down side for me. I happen to keep my email open
    already so it fits my workflow to answer each mail as one of many emails.
    Having another page open to keep up to speed on the forum would not fit quite
    as well. However, plenty of other people are capable of responding if I don't
    get to it, even more pleasantly than I

    I'll be around in one form or another no matter where it goes, anyway. Though,
    I do plan to take a break initially just to wade out the inevitable firestorm
    of upset ppl who didn't bother to say their peace before a decision was made

    -kdf

  4. #4
    Graham Ridgway at home
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    Discussion list overload and Gossamer Forum

    Haven't had experience of it specifically, but going forum based would be a
    brilliant idea.
    Graham
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "dean blackketter" <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
    To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
    Sent: Friday, November 26, 2004 7:39 PM
    Subject: [slim] Discussion list overload and Gossamer Forum


    > Hi Folks,
    >
    > I'd like to get some feedback from folks on the list about the volume of
    > mail on this discussion list.
    >
    > Despite doing my best to configure my mailer, I'm feeling overwhelmed by
    > the volume of messages. The vast majority of the traffic is great, but we
    > may be reaching the breaking point on the list.
    >
    > One would be to split the list into multiple smaller lists, but I fear
    > that this would fragment the community too much.
    >
    > Personally, I prefer mailing lists to web-based forums, but I think we're
    > reaching the limit of what's manageable on a discussion list. The leading
    > candidate is Gossamer Forum.
    >
    > <http://www.gossamer-threads.com/scripts/gforum/index.htm>
    >
    > One nice feature of Gossamer Forums is that it allows e-mail subcriptions,
    > which lets folks get daily digests if they prefer. I'd like to hear some
    > feedback on this move, especially if anyone has experience with this
    > specific product.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > dean
    >
    >

  5. #5
    Jack Coates
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    Discussion list overload and Gossamer Forum

    > Hi Folks,
    >
    > I'd like to get some feedback from folks on the list about the volume
    > of mail on this discussion list.
    >
    > Despite doing my best to configure my mailer, I'm feeling overwhelmed
    > by the volume of messages. The vast majority of the traffic is great,
    > but we may be reaching the breaking point on the list.
    >
    > One would be to split the list into multiple smaller lists, but I fear
    > that this would fragment the community too much.
    >


    Or worse, wouldn't fragment the community at all -- the result would
    probably be very little reduction of traffic in discuss, despite creation
    of audiophile/plugin/performance/&c lists.

    > Personally, I prefer mailing lists to web-based forums, but I think
    > we're reaching the limit of what's manageable on a discussion list.
    > The leading candidate is Gossamer Forum.
    >
    > <http://www.gossamer-threads.com/scripts/gforum/index.htm>
    >
    > One nice feature of Gossamer Forums is that it allows e-mail
    > subcriptions, which lets folks get daily digests if they prefer. I'd
    > like to hear some feedback on this move, especially if anyone has
    > experience with this specific product.
    >


    I agree this list's traffic is going beyond what I have interest in
    following. That said, I expect that a transition to forum mode would kill
    what's left of my participation in it, even with an emailed index.

    Perhaps a better solution would be to not read the mails that are on
    subjects you're not interested in? Certainly a lower investment in time
    than configuring a new forum system.

    --
    Jack At Monkeynoodle.Org: It's A Scientific Venture...
    "Believe what you're told; there'd be chaos if everyone thought for
    themselves." -- Top Dog hotdog stand, Berkeley, CA

  6. #6
    Robin Bowes
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    Discussion list overload and Gossamer Forum

    dean blackketter wrote:
    >
    > I'd like to get some feedback from folks on the list about the volume of
    > mail on this discussion list.
    >
    > Despite doing my best to configure my mailer, I'm feeling overwhelmed by
    > the volume of messages. The vast majority of the traffic is great, but
    > we may be reaching the breaking point on the list.
    >
    > One would be to split the list into multiple smaller lists, but I fear
    > that this would fragment the community too much.
    >
    > Personally, I prefer mailing lists to web-based forums, but I think
    > we're reaching the limit of what's manageable on a discussion list. The
    > leading candidate is Gossamer Forum.
    >
    > <http://www.gossamer-threads.com/scripts/gforum/index.htm>
    >
    > One nice feature of Gossamer Forums is that it allows e-mail
    > subcriptions, which lets folks get daily digests if they prefer. I'd
    > like to hear some feedback on this move, especially if anyone has
    > experience with this specific product.


    Dean,

    I would much prefer to remain with the mailing list format.

    If you must use a forum, punBB [1] is small and fast, though it uses php
    and I guess slimdevices are a bit of a perl shop.

    [1] http://www.punbb.org/

    R.
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    http://robinbowes.com

  7. #7
    Jim
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    Discussion list overload and Gossamer Forum

    dean blackketter wrote:
    > Hi Folks,
    >
    > I'd like to get some feedback from folks on the list about the volume of
    > mail on this discussion list.
    >
    > Despite doing my best to configure my mailer, I'm feeling overwhelmed by
    > the volume of messages. The vast majority of the traffic is great, but
    > we may be reaching the breaking point on the list.
    >
    > One would be to split the list into multiple smaller lists, but I fear
    > that this would fragment the community too much.
    >
    > Personally, I prefer mailing lists to web-based forums, but I think
    > we're reaching the limit of what's manageable on a discussion list. The
    > leading candidate is Gossamer Forum.
    >
    > <http://www.gossamer-threads.com/scripts/gforum/index.htm>
    >
    > One nice feature of Gossamer Forums is that it allows e-mail
    > subcriptions, which lets folks get daily digests if they prefer. I'd
    > like to hear some feedback on this move, especially if anyone has
    > experience with this specific product.


    I find that gmane manages my interface to the list without issue on a
    platform that's meant to manage this kind of thing (NNTP, that is). The
    only thing I like less than raw email lists are web forums.

    I would vote "no" to moving to a web forum, but if I'm outvoted I'll cope.

    J

  8. #8
    Daniel Cohen
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    Discussion list overload and Gossamer Forum

    On 26/11/04 at 2:43 pm -0700, Jim wrote
    >I would vote "no" to moving to a web forum, but if I'm outvoted I'll cope.


    Ditto
    --
    Daniel Cohen

  9. #9
    Kevin Weller
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    Discussion list overload and Gossamer Forum

    I'm quite new here so this is presumptuous but given a choice I'd
    prefer to stick with email. As it is now everything arrives on my PC
    automatically and is nicely threaded. I'd have to visit a forum and an
    email digest wouldn't be threaded.

    Kevin

  10. #10
    Stephen Nesbitt
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    Discussion list overload and Gossamer Forum

    On Friday 26 November 2004 11:39, dean blackketter wrote:
    > Hi Folks,
    >
    > I'd like to get some feedback from folks on the list about the volume
    > of mail on this discussion list.

    I would vote no (from a user's point of view).

    As it stands my mailing list will break stuff into threads making it easy for
    me to quickly review the messages.

    A digest would force me to review manually a large number of messages and
    would make any kind of grouping impossible - ick.

    I'm not as likely to review a forum as I am a mailing list.

    -steve

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