On 04/29/2011 05:54 PM, Robert Holtzman wrote:
The reason that you get long threads and highly involved posts in
mailing lists is that mailing lists attract more savvy users. The hoi
polloi usually don't use them, except to complain about how difficult it
is to unsubscribe (see the LibreOffice-Users list). Ditto for why
answers are often better. You get a better signal-to-noise ratio and the
people asking the questions are on average better at it, which is always
an aid to getting better help.
I don't know what lists you have seen but I've seen quite a number of
looong threads with highly involved posts and equally involved replies.
IMO forums, texting, and twitter appeal to younger users with their
shorter attention spans.
Also, the quality of the answers/help is usually greater on lists than
Did it ever occur to you that this 25(?) year old technology is good enough
to have survived that long?
If LibreOffice merely wants to be a little niche project for open source
purists, then mailing list-only makes sense. If they want to replace
OpenOffice.org, then that won't do. You need both.
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