On Sun, 23 Mar 2008 10:19:11 +0100, Tore Lund <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Erik Trulsson wrote: >> On Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 11:54:00PM +0100, Tore Lund wrote: >>> [snip] >>> I request that this misunderstood piece of "etiquette" is revised. If >>> someone has the brains to find this list as well as the brains to use >>> FreeBSD at all, they also have the brains to come back here to look for >>> answers. >> >> Wrong. Not everybody who posts here is even aware that it is a mailing >> list, much less how to read mails sent to the list. > > I guess the problem is lack of imagination on my part. I am not able to > fathom how anyone can pick up and use the address of this list without > realizing that it is a mailing list. Nor have I seen this point > explained in the many previous discussions on this topic.
In February 2007, Jeffrey Goldberg asked the same thing too. It comes up every few months, and the explanation I had written below seemed to be satisfactory for him. Perhaps it can help in this re-occurence of the old thread? % On 2007-02-19 10:27, Jeffrey Goldberg <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: % >[mailed and posted and cc'ed to grog] % >On Feb 19, 2007, at 4:54 AM, Giorgos Keramidas wrote: % >> There is a very good reason why it is customary in this mailing list % >> to copy the sender when replying. We don't accept email messages % >> only from subscribers. This means that some people may post a % >> question without even being subscribed to the list. By Reply-To: % >> header "hacks", like the one you are describing, the original poster % >> may never see your reply. % > % > Thank you for that explanation. It might be a good idea to add this % > to point 6 of section 8 of % > % > http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/freebsd-questions/index.html > Yes, and those reasons would also be good reasons to ponder whether a > mailing list is the right type of forum. Lurkers and newbies should > preferably peruse other people's question for a while before they post, > and this is hard to do if they are not even aware that this is a mailing > list. We don't accept email only from lurkers. The mailing list is also advertized as the official place to ask questions in CD-ROMs provided by vendors, in our documentation, on magazines, conferences, and so on. We don't want to make it _obligatory_ to subscribe, because this would alienate users who are too new to the Internet to be familiar with lists, subscriptions, and similar 'filtering' things. > An HTML forum is probably out of the question, [...] No, it isn't out of the question. There are several reasons why `old guard' FreeBSD people may prefer email, but we are also investigating the idea of forums. It comes up now and then, and it will probably happen sooner or later. I don't have the email thread of the old forum discussions readily available, but it isn't something the FreeBSD Project as a team would vehemently object to :) _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"