Proposal: Mailing List Cull
jonathan.gibbons at oracle.com
Wed Mar 13 15:48:14 UTC 2019
Mailing lists rarely exist in isolation: they are typically associated with
projects and/or repos.
Without commenting on the merits of removing any individual mailing
list, if a mailing list is to be removed, there should be due diligence to
update any references to the mailing list, such as on the OpenJDK
On 3/13/19 5:27 AM, Adam Farley8 wrote:
> (Preface: I may be sending this to the wrong list, so advice on the
> correct list would be appreciated.)
> Hey All,
> 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
> right list.
> 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
> lists, etc.
> 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 4: 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. :)
> Best Regards
> Adam Farley
> IBM Runtimes
> 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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