Email Lists

Dave Warren dw at
Thu Oct 6 13:49:49 EDT 2022

On 2022-10-06 05:10, Brian Morrison wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Oct 2022 04:52:14 -0500
> Gary Kramlich <grim at> wrote:
>> When it comes to this migration, are you for or against it? (Please
>> answer yes/no/doesn't matter)
> No. It seems to be a forum, much prefer mailing lists, forums always
> treat email as a second-class (or worse) add-on.

Discourse is one of the best if not the best of the web-based forums in 
terms of supporting mailing-list mode. I participate in a couple where I 
operate primarily or exclusively by email.

But, it needs the email feature to actually be enabled and a lot of 
Discouse installations don't bother, in which case you can read via 
email but need to pop into the web interface to post.

While I actively prefer mailing lists, the reality is what it is: Forums 
work better for new users, and for one-off question askers.

As someone who enjoys supporting and helping others, the forum has 
another perk: Users can actually search and find related topics to have 
a chance at solving their own issue. Discourse offers up suggestions for 
related posts automatically.

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