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From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 07:40:18 -0500
To: Axel Dahmen <w3c_ways@zoho.com>
Message-Id: <667B5B98-22D0-4610-989B-66F5894DF3AE@w3.org>
Cc: <site-comments@w3.org>

On 29 Apr 2010, at 1:13 AM, Axel Dahmen wrote:

> To whom it may concern,
> I'd like to suggest to replace the current mailing-list way of  
> participation by a W3C forum server.

Hi Axel,

Thank you for the suggestion. I will forward to my systems team  
colleagues. We are looking at broader use of forums for some of the  
reasons you site. Please note that I don't have any time frame for this.

  _ Ian

> Using mailing lists has so many drawbacks that it seems archaic to  
> cherish them:
> 	 Mailing list e-mails flood the user's inbox
> 	 Mailing list e-mails get lost in Junk folders
> 	 Mailing list e-mails don't provide conversation context
> 	 Mailing list e-mails can't be moderated
> 	 Mailing list e-mails can't be voted for
> 	 Mailing list e-mails can't be systematically searched for
> In contrast to this, forums provide loads of advantages:
> 	 Forums can be structured
> 	 Forum topics can be grouped
> 	 Forum topics can be moderated
> 	 Forum topics can be voted for
> 	 Forum topics provide message threading and conversation flow
> 	 Forum topics can be searched for
> 	 Forum topics are easily archived
> 	 Forum topics provide e-mail notification to contributors
> 	 Forum topics provide user/usage statistics
> 	 Forum topics can be reconsidered
> Concluding, I strongly suggest to revise replacing the current  
> clumsy mailing list approach by a modern forum approach.
> Yours, sincerely,
> Axel Dahmen
> www.axeldahmen.de

Ian Jacobs (ij@w3.org)    http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs/
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