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 On 10/16/2010 11:56 AM, Florian Effenberger wrote:
Hi Barbara,

Barbara Duprey wrote on 2010-10-16 01.15:

I think if there were a Reply capability in the LibO archive, we could
accomplish most of the task even without automatic support. Either those
of us who already pay attention to whether the OP is subscribed, or a
more formal team that processes mail as notified by the moderator* when
passing on the messages, could direct the unsub to the archive of their
question and tell him how to participate in that thread. In that case,
there would be no need for anybody to cc the OP. If it isn't done by an
identified team, so that we could be sure somebody had done it, there'd
need to be a message to the list that the user has been given that
information. One technical question there is whether the archive
threading is broken by a subject change -- that was really the main
reason I gave up on use of the "thread" command.

well, I'm not too much of a friend of breaking mailing list rules. :-) There are forums and mailing lists. The latter require subscription, for good reason. For those not familiar with lists, I see no real resources at the moment to implement something as you proposed. Everyone not comfortable with lists should go for the forums, but that's just my personal opinion.

Are you saying that letting unsubscribed users post to a mailing list breaks rules? (That may be, but the issue has been discussed to exhaustion many times and still looks like Lilliput's big-endian/little-endian conflict!) If not, what rules are involved here? In any case the primary resources involved would be implementing a Reply capability in the LibO archive -- or settling on how to use an existing archive that already has that capability. Everything else could come later, as resources became available, though it would be good to have a game plan.

I talked elsewhere in the thread about why I don't see forums as the answer for the general public, I won't go into it again here.

However, looking at what people demand, there's a huge variety, and we never ever will make everyone happy, so...


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