Proposal: Mailing List Cull
adam.farley at uk.ibm.com
Wed Mar 13 12:30:24 UTC 2019
Typo: There are two proposal 4's. Corrected.
(Preface: I may be sending this to the wrong list, so advice on the
correct list would be appreciated.)
There's a lot of mailing lists here, including a few that've been dead for
5 years, and I think it's making it hard for contributors to find the
Here's a list of mailing lists seeing no/minimal use, and a set of
proposals to go with them.
Proposal 1: Cull (archive) one or more of these mailing list groups, with
exceptions made for lists anyone still wants, or actively monitors.
Why? Because having 151 non-archived mailing lists makes it harder for
people to find the right one. Also makes it easier to find black holes
(non-monitored lists) to drop valid bugs into.
Proposal 2: Hide the archived mailing lists on the primary "mailing lists"
Why? Because it dilutes the list of active lists and makes finding the
right one harder.
Proposal 3: Create a short list of the most useful channels to the casual
contributor, making it easier to find the primary hotspot, JCL, docs
Why? Ease of use. Ability to contribute should be based on knowledge of
the code base, not knowledge of the mailing lists,
Proposal 4: Hide the mailing lists whose sole purpose is to display
automated messages when a project has been committed to.
Proposal 5: Make Proposals 2, 3, and 4 the default view when you click on
"Mailing lists" from the main page.
Why? Ease of use again. One form this could take is: the user clicks on
"mailing lists" on the primary openjdk page, and sees a minimal list of
mailing lists, with toggles to show the lists hidden by 2, 3, and 4.
Constructive opinions welcome. :)
P.S. Spam and "hep please" don't count as emails.
-- Appendix list:
1: Lists with no emails in 2 years or more. (Dead)
2: Lists with no emails inside the last 6 months. (Presumed Dead)
3: Lists with less than 2 emails (average) per month for the past year
-- Appendix 1: (Dead)
-- Appendix 2: (Presumed Dead)
-- Appendix 3: (Rosebud)
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