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I have no desire to get in the middle of this.  

I do have some interesting statistics gleaned from the current Forums for another 
purpose earlier today.  Here is something about the scale and level of interest that exists even 
now, independent of the current status of releases and available downloads from whatever sources:

   There are 10 Community Forums, each for one of 10 supported languages:

   English, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Vietnamese, and Chinese.

   Each forum is operated in its own language with administrators, moderators, and volunteers that 
operate in mixes of those native languages.

   Going to the English Forums just now, I saw these statistics:

   Users on-line right now: 158 of which 9 are registered.  The record at one time is 362, and that 
was on Monday 2011-10-17 at 14:30 UTC.  (I am surprised that it was so recent.  And 5 of the 
registered users are Bots from Google, MSN, and Yahoo!)

   Total posts to the forum: 199,458
   Total threads (topics): 40,466
   Total registered users: 45,008
  [registered users are like committers in the Apache sense: they can submit posts and comments and 
they don't require permission to do it.]

   The English language forum is the largest, the Vietnamese language one is the smallest, with 163 
registered users.

   French is the next most-active, followed by Spanish.  Forums for the remaining languages have 
between 1 and 2 thousand registered users each.

NOTE: There is no German Language Forum at  I am told there is one elsewhere.  It 
hasn't had my attention.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Charles-H. Schulz
Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2011 07:11
Subject: Re: [tdf-discuss] user forums ?

hehe, yes, sometimes. Although believing is a matter of opinion, while
Faith does (usually) not require eyes . It should be also said that I am
myself a very rare forum user, but, just like the fact that I'm running
Arch Linux, I also ackowledge the fact that some people use different
software and ways...


Le 30/10/2011 14:40, Marc-André Laverdière a écrit :
Seeing is believing sometimes...

On 30 Oct 2011 08:50, "Charles-H. Schulz" <> wrote:

Well, it turns out many people seem to want to use forums, and most of
them are not technical, they are end users so I don't expect they have
the same needs as developers. I just assume there's no fundamental truth
in either mailing list or forums usage...


Le 30/10/2011 13:42, Marc-André Laverdière a écrit :

Who in their right mind want forums?

If you want exchange of ideas, mailing lists are great. ...

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