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[tdf-discuss] Re: Mailing List FAQ


On 05/24/2011 11:43 PM, Volker Merschmann wrote:
Hi,

2011/5/25 NoOp <glgxg@sbcglobal.net>:
Is there one?

http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/mailing-lists/
doesn't show or refer to one.

The german wiki page
http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Local_Mailing_Lists/de has some
additions and links for that. Maybe somebody should translate that to
the english page.


Volker



I suppose. But that page is on
http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Local_Mailing_Lists/ so even if
translated and cleaned up wouldn't suffice.

The place for such a FAQ should be on
http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/mailing-lists/ and apply to all
locales. Suggestions:
<http://www.mozilla.org/about/forums/etiquette.html>
<http://www.ubuntu.com/support/community/mailinglists>
[Technical guidelines - in particular]
http://www.openoffice.org/ml_guidelines.html

And then once finalised/finalized should be posted in each mail list on
a monthly basis so that list users are aware of
etiquette/action/cooperation on the lists. This used to be common
practice for mail lists in the past & helped resolve unnecessary posts
regarding posting styles[1], etc.

It's pretty hard to condem someone for top-posting, going way of topic,
discussing religion, et al if there isn't a FAQ or some form of common
guideline for user behaviour in the mail lists. Nor can you chastise
someone for posting in the developer list regarding a valid user concern
simply because you are not a developer etc. Example:
  If the developer list doesn't want common users posting what are
considered valid user concerns (i.e., broken pre-release packages,
failure to provide the same in packages that affect installed stable
packages) without being insulted and chastised, then items like this
should be included up front on the
http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/mailing-lists/ page as well.

That said, here is a question; how can a common user be expected to
possibly find http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Local_Mailing_Lists/ to
begin with? I see no link on
http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/mailing-lists/ do you?




[1]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posting_style



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