[Members] discuss.xmpp.org - Let's establish a great discussion venue for XMPP

Emmanuel Gil Peyrot linkmauve at linkmauve.fr
Sun Feb 12 03:28:30 UTC 2017

On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 12:44:18AM +0100, Mathieu Pasquet wrote:
> - github discussions will stay on github, because that’s just how things
>   flow, you propose a change there and get feedback on it at the same
>   place. The only way to go around this would be to mandate opening a
>   topic on discourse before making a pull request, which is something I
>   suspect most people wouldn’t find pleasant.

If communication scattering is what you are trying to fix, this indeed
isn’t a good solution.  A possible one would be to publish every change
to every repository in the xsf organisation to one of the mailing
lists, and have a way for users without a github account to have their
emails forwarded there.

> - I have stayed away from most discourse websites because they always
>   required javascript to display anything, so I am not entirely aware of
>   the features it offers, but does it have the same featureset for email
>   users as mailman? e.g. creating new topics, replying by email, sending
>   properly threaded replies, etc…
> One of the few quotes I could find on the subjet (from jeff atwood, but
> in 2013):
> > Discourse is really email for notifications (of new topics, in digest
> > emails, and when people reply to you) and replies (you can reply to
> > those email notifications via email) but is not yet suited for 100%
> > email-only interaction. It's a hybrid of email and web at the moment.

Another community was recently having issues with their mailing list
and forum integration, and someone was suggesting using Discourse
instead, but there are apparently other issues with this software and
its community:

> (I would also like to disagree on the "easy to self-host" part as the
> fact that it only supports docker is a proof that it’s a big mess of
> software, and it adds an unknown factor to security updates, but as I
> will not be the one maintaining that, it’s not too much of a discussion
> point.)
> Mathieu

Emmanuel Gil Peyrot

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