[Asterisk-Dev] s/asterisk mailinglists/asterisk forum/g ?

Andrew Kohlsmith akohlsmith-asterisk at benshaw.com
Sat Feb 7 08:22:30 MST 2004

> now that the lists are at 2-300 email messages a day, perhaps it's time
> to move it to a web forum instead? This can give us lots of categories
> (all the apps and channels etc etc), an easily searchable thing such as
> phpbb and it'll be a lot easier to find the actual info.

This has been brought up several times and it's been shot down every single 
time.  This time is no different.

Web forums will not be viewed by the people who are actively developing 
asterisk since they're such a colossal waste of time, energy and bandwidth.  
It's so much harder to find info on a forum than it is on a mailing list -- 
hideous colour schemes, animated emoticons, l33t sp34k, broken PHP and 
database backends -- that's just the start.  So, like most other web 
forums, they will inevitably stagnate into a breeding ground for newbies 
and fill with messages -- nay /posts/ -- about how asterisk sucks ass 
because nobody can get any help.

These lists are searchable, that too has been brought up many times, and 
someone even wrote a search app that lets you do fuzzy matching and other 
neat tricks.  I don't have the URL handy, but it should be in the archives 
for -users within the last 30 days.


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