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From: Kang-Hao (Kenny) Lu <kennyluck@csail.mit.edu>
Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2011 01:31:47 +0800
Message-ID: <4ED90B83.9070603@csail.mit.edu>
To: W3C Site Comemnts <site-comments@w3.org>
CC: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Hi site-comments,

Today, Anne had the suggestion on IRC[1] to use the W3C mailing list
software at the WHATWG side for archiving whatwg@whatwg.org, the main
channel where technical discussions happen at the WHATWG side. I
remembered hoping for that because the W3C mailing list software is much
better, particularly because of the [Mailbox format] link which allows
you to download the discussions till today and import them in your email
client for quick searching. For mailman, the mailing list software
whatwg@whatwg.org uses, the process is much more annoying because I had
to write a script to reconstruct the 'From' header and so on.

I am well aware that [Mailbox format] is access restricted. But let's
postpone that discussion.

It turns out that for operational reasons it seems not easy to use the
W3C mailing list software from the WHATWG side and hence Anne suggests
we have a mirror archive, including all the old stuff, at the W3C side,
perhaps something like whatwg@w3.org. I am not sure how the redirections
from whatwg@whatwg.org to whatwg@w3.org and vice versa are supposed to
work but as long as we have the archive, this could make more people happy.

What do you think?

[1] http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20111202#l-450


Sincerely,
Kenny

== Appendix ==
Here's a list of features the mailing lists on W3C have that the current
whatwg@whatwg.org lacks:

* The UI is simply much more shiny and user friendly (minus the point as
I often misclicked the "MONTH 20xx" when I got started using the mailing
list archives. "by thread" is usually what I want)
* The "in reply to" link to the mail the current mail replies to (or
perhaps the UI is too bad so I haven't found it)
* The URL looks much better and memorable.
* The "advanced search" part of the search engine is much better. And
also since WHATWG and W3C community have significant overlap, it would
be better to have these mails integrated so that looking for a
contributor's contribution would give full results.

Also, it would be nice to have more of WHATWG's geek power here to
develop the W3C mailing list software together.
Received on Friday, 2 December 2011 17:32:18 GMT

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