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Re: [Ranger-users] Forum for ranger?

From: Gary Johnson
Subject: Re: [Ranger-users] Forum for ranger?
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:39:04 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

On 2013-04-22, Roman Z. wrote:
> Hi ranger users,
> I want to try running a forum for ranger in parallel to the mailing
> list and I would like to hear your input on this.
> Most importantly, which forum software do you think I should choose?
> I'm comfortable with phpBB; I ran forums 10 years ago and back then
> phpBB was hip.  I have no idea what's hip today.  Probably not phpBB.

First off, it's your project and you ought to run it as you see fit.

That said, I think having two independent places to hold discussions
is a bad idea.  One has to follow both or risk missing some
important piece of information.  If traffic on one is automatically
mirrored to the other, however, having both would be fine.

Forums are not nearly as easy to use as a mailing list.

1.  You can't easily tell what you've already read.
2.  There is no easy notification of new items, so you waste a lot
    of time periodically visiting the web site to see if anything is
3.  Being web based, the interface is clunkier and slower than a
    local mail client.

Consider your audience.  I would think anyone who uses an
ncurses-based file manager with keyboard commands based on Vim is
hardly interested in what's "hip"--they're much more interested in
what's functional, in what works well.

Just my $0.02.


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