[Members] XSF Board Meeting Minutes 20170301

Kevin Smith kevin.smith at isode.com
Thu Mar 2 09:05:23 UTC 2017

On 1 Mar 2017, at 22:10, Sam Whited <sam at samwhited.com> wrote:
> I don't think Discourse is a good idea, but we really can't make any
> sort of informed decision until one of the people who really wants to
> move to something else throws out some use cases that they want to see
> addressed in whatever the final solution is. The only two things I
> think we need are:

I’m not sure that’s entirely true, I think we can make an informed decision on Discourse right now, just not in the affirmative.

I’m a long-term member of a community that was an early adopter of Discourse, using the web interface rather than mail access. In my experience, the search of Discourse is very good, and for solving the use cases associated with people who aren’t contributing to discussions, but instead just occasionally reading bits of interest driven by searches it’s great. 

For the obsessive read-every-post-as-soon-as-it-arrives user, it also works rather well.

It falls down, in comparison to mailing lists, if you’re a user who wants to keep an overview of everything, be able to scan stuff but not deal with it immediately. Like one might expect a typical user of the XSF’s lists to behave.

So I think that discounts the web interface of Discourse as a main communication mechanism. I think Sam’s already presented very reasonable points on why join mail/web access to Discourse is unlikely to work, negating any benefits of polls etc. while degrading the mail experience.


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