It's just my opinion, time will show if i am right if they will not do
this, and this list turn to <1% on topic.

The only problem with that sort of reasoning is that the FreeBSD mailing
list charters *have* been decided.

but the decision MAY be changed. Of course - it may not, but there is nothing that prevent me from having an opinion about moderation and trying to explain to others that it make sense.

There is a reason why freebsd-questions is open to everyone, including
people who want to discuss things like ``How do I make my Windows boot
loader launch FreeBSD?''.

I am NOT asking for closing current list!!!!

But adding moderated one.

My impression from hanging around this mailing list for several years
now (It's almost a decade now, geez! When did all that time pass?) is

for over decade i use unix but unfortunately much shorter FreeBSD.

that the openness and the all-around friendly character of ``If your
question is even marginally related to a small part of FreeBSD and we
can help, we'll do it'' is a valued and much-cherished attribute of the

This way anything with any real question are difficult to get answers.

It was for example common for my questions that 20 people answered with nonsense because they just are on the list as "experts" answering windows question.

Fortunately sometimes i finally got an answer if someone knowing it got through the mess before. more often - not.

list.  A lot of the people who hang around here like it this way, and
what you propose to do is such a radical change that it requires a *lot*
of up-front work if you really want to convince anyone.

Once again - i don't want that list to be closed.

It's very possible that some people would like to look at both. On moderated "professional" ;) to get and answer FreeBSD-related question, and on this as a cool chat and place to talk about installing KDE if he/she like.

You do have a point that there is a very thin line between ``being very
helpful to new people'' and ``talking about irrelevant systems all the

The line can be clearly defined if rules will be defined.

There are tons of other places when you can help people that way. And of course - that list that won't be removed.

moderated list seems to be ``We have to do this or we are doomed to be
flooded with useless non-FreeBSD posts''.

We already all.

volume of off-topic posts has any sort of upwards trend is to:

 (a) Define *precisely* and in very clear terms what you consider on
     topic and what you consider off-topic.

OK. On topic is:

- question about software made by FreeBSD team which is FreeBSD base system+ports subsystem. In ports subsystem i mean the set of scripts and patches that allows you to compile other programs, BUT NOT THE PROGRAMS itself.

- questions about purely FreeBSD-specific and FreeBSD-dependend things of ported programs. For example:

I start program X, configure it the same way as in linux, installed all the same modules, but here it crashes/behave differently. For example:
--- here some output ---
Where is a problem

Off topic - it's all not being on-topic.

 (c) Go through the archives by year and/or month and keep statistics
     about things like: thread size, active posters per period, posts
     per period, off-topic/on-topic ratio of messages, and so on.

already did. years ago the percentage of on-topic questions was much higher, as more and more often it's dissolved by questions about windows,KDE etc.

This sort of approach would probably meet a lot less resistance, because
it is repeatable by anyone who wants to verify your results, and it is
based on the actual *data* of the mailing list itself, instead of a

OK. nice idea.
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