I’ve been using discuss in mailing list mode since we implemented it and I think it’s a good replacement for the mailing list. Once you get used it’s easy to click the reply button to answer the questions.
It also allows to create more categories than mailing lists andmove publications between categories which is not possible with mailing list. This solves a recurrent issue as there is some confusion about tryton@ and tryton-dev@ usage.
I agree with the proposal, but I have some doubts:
Do you plan to create language specific categories? Or use the translation plugin to allow users to post on foreign langauges?
What about to discussions specific to some localizations: shall we create a custom category for this?
No, I do not think we should split again the community with language.
English stays the primary language but thanks to the translation plugin, it stays inclusive to non-English speakers.
My thought about localization is that nothing is too locale to not be discussed generally.
For me, just like the issue about categorize post, localization discussions have the same problem. They are most of the time wrongly categorized as locale while a global solution can be applied with a tiny part locale.
For example, I have seen no problem in this blueprint Spanish VAT listing
And people not interested in one specific topic can just un-track it.
I do not follow here. I think this “localization” topic only exists wrongly in the mind of old integrators.
Also I do not see which statement could be made. “You can talk about any localization of Tryton”. Why would we make a special mention about this and not all other topics?
Email is lean, directly delivered, and easy to answer and quote (at least if you are not using one of the dumb/web mailers. You can filter etc. , which allows you to organize your work properly.
Backside is that most mailing lists dont allow attachments, which is an advantage of a forum. EMail discussions cant be closed (as recently here: ‘This thread was closed after 12h, as no more replies were added’)
To participate in a forum you have to visit a website (means you have to be more active) and et around with the forum software. Doing this with a cell phone is mostly a PITA. Doing quotations is a PITA. Adding images can be easy (as long as you dont have to upload it to a 3rd party site and add a link, then it is even more embarrassing.
Dont understand what you want to say
‘Old project’ means that it is successful over many years. Some of these old projects have just reorganized their mailing list and created new ones, in order to match more the users demand. Next to the forums.
So I don’t think age is a valid argument.
For me, all this points are also valid for discourse.
We always allowed attachments on Google groups.
It is not required if you activate the email notification. It is only required to post but for me it is a good thing because it forces people to take time to construct a good answer, properly quote and be notified in real time about other posts.
Have you tried discourse on phone? It is very very good.
But it has also application for popular mobile OS:
I do not understand neither. We have always authorized the upload of images on discuss.tryton.org.
The broadcast mailing list like the announce does not involve discussion so discourse is not a better solution. That’s why I propose to keep them (but migrate to our infrastructure) because it is still the best tool.
For now, I see that our users demand is in favor of this replacement.
The age is not an argument, it is a possible explanation on why such project still use mailing list and did not envisaged discourse (which is quite young ~5 years). They have an history. Resistance to change is more and more stronger with time.
It’s a perfect choice! It reads better than a mailinglist, better visual replies etc. You have also one place where everything is. Now you have different maillinglists and this forum, two places where the data lives. It’s better to have one place with one look, a place which don’t enforce you to have a google account.
Discourse enforces to quote only a person at a time because you can click on the quote to get more context.
This is really the improvements on email quoting no repeat and reader choose the amount showed for the quote.
Finally, I find that most of the critics say that Discourse requires a little bit more work to post a message. I think it is true, Discourse force you in the right way but it is for the benefit of the readers.
I believe that replacing mailing list by discuss would be an improvement on our discussions.
The only thing that disturb me a little bit, is the subject of the email that come from discourse. Could we replace “[Tryton discussion][tag] subject”, just to be [tryton][tag] subject"?