[arch-general] Mailing lists vs Forums

Mateusz Loskot mateusz at loskot.net
Sun Jun 10 15:14:13 EDT 2012

On 10 June 2012 19:40, Kwpolska <kwpolska at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM, Mateusz Loskot <mateusz at loskot.net> wrote:
>> On 10 June 2012 19:25, Jayesh Badwaik <jayesh.badwaik90 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Sunday 10 Jun 2012 19:14:19 Mateusz Loskot wrote:
>>>> I'm wondering, what amount of Arch users and developers
>>>> use the mailing lists in comparison to the number of people
>>>> registered to the Arch Forums?
>>>> Can we have some basic mailing lists statistics anywhere posted?
>>>> Personally, I prefer mailing lists, but I noticed the Forums traffic
>>>> is order of magnitude larger than the traffic on the lists.
>>> I don't think I answer your question directly but still...
>>> I believe people who use a desktop mail client prefer mailing list while
>>> those who use the web interface for mail like gmail.com etc prefer
>>> forums. This especially works if you are a long term mailing list user
>>> and use POP3 mail and hence can search for question using your mail
>>> client search.
>> The reason I posted request for some statistics, is that
>> users may be confused about where to send their requests
>> in order to reach the very core of the Arch community.
>> Certainly, variety is good as people have freedom of choice,
>> but freedom of choice has side effects too.
>> Anyway, I was just curious what part of developers and users
>> are subscribed to the mailing list and what part use forums.
> I, for one, am subscribed to the lists (arch-announce,
> arch-dev-public, arch-general, aur-general) and also have a forums
> account.  The difference is I read 90% of the mails I get (ignoring
> the signoff reports or other useless messages) and I haven't been on
> the forums since a few years.

Thanks for the comment. Initially, I signed up and started using forums,
but it takes too much time to participate really (Web forums are always
more time consuming to me, so I'm not big fan of them, especially
if  heavy traffic occurs).

I think I'll switch to the lists only.

>> Also, are all Arch developers subscribed to the mailing lists?
> Most likely, yes.

Good to know :)

Best regards,
Mateusz Loskot, http://mateusz.loskot.net

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