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Re: mailing-list problem (Was Re: lynx-dev What happened to MINGW patch?

From: Frédéric L . W . Meunier
Subject: Re: mailing-list problem (Was Re: lynx-dev What happened to MINGW patch? (fwd))
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 07:09:47 -0200

On Thu, 5 Feb 2004, Henry Nelson wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 05, 2004 at 04:11:50AM -0200, Frédéric L. W. Meunier wrote:
> > 'About Lynx-Dev' states:
> >
> > "Messages from non-subscribers are not immediately distributed
> > to avoid spam. Usually, if your message appears genuine, it
> _Under the present circumstances_ (existence by the grace of,
> and no steady/reliable group of volunteers to moderate), this should be
> rewritten to require subscription, IMO.  Actually, I'd hope for such a
> change in the new release.
> > 8- This is the third and last time I take place on a thread
> > about a possible move. Hope we do :-)
> Whether "we" move or not probably depends nearly entirely on you.  Someone
> just has to take the reins and do it.
> I don't understand why you say "last time I take place on a thread ...".

It's the last time I start a thread suggesting a move. I think
this is the fourth time we discuss it and nothing happens.

> You seem to want a move more than anyone.  If you really do
> want the move, then do it.

Frankly, it isn't that I want a move more than anyone. Yes,
maybe I want, but for me the point is: Lynx deserves better
services. His users too.

> Tom has said he wouldn't mind and would give a little help.

Sure. So, what we need are moderators. We already have 2.

> It's a big, big job.

Maintaning a project is. A mailing-list, not that much, really.
At least the dozen I maintain.

> You'll have to ask yourself whether you really want to take
> it on.

See above.

> It's a commitment in terms of years, not one or two months.

Yes, it's. I don't intend to leave or stop using Lynx until my
death. But we don't know how long we'll live or be healthy, do
we ?

> (I for one believe Lynx will last a few more years!)

Only a few ? I hope more than us.

> With only a 140+ members on the list now, I fear you may have
> trouble recruiting volunteers to do monitor/maintenance work.
> I see no one other than you raising their hand.

What's so hard to do ? The major work will be moderate the
messages from non subscribers.

> Bob reiterated his stance that he'd welcome a change to give
> lynx-dev greater stability, and that he would aid in whatever
> manner he could to make the move go smoothly.

Yes. He can. Let's se what I propose.

1- Move it to Savannah.

2- Create a lynx-dev there.

3- Create a lynx-announce there. Thomas sends announcements
about new releases (and /temp patches) to both.

3- Subscribe all users from the old lynx-dev to the new and
send them a message about the move. They have to reply to it /
follow the instructions to get subscribed.

Yes, we could just add the 140+ automatically, but we don't
know how many are still "valid".

Or we can. Opinions ?

4- Contact the lynx-dev-contrib subscribers and ask if they
want to be added in a list of addresses that can only post.

5- If someone tries to subscribe to the old lynx-dev and
lynx-dev-contrib, send them a message about the move.

The same could be made for messages from non subscribers. But
then you'd probably send hundreds of e-mails back to spammers.

6- And in the not so long run, remove the spam from the archives and move it. The move can't be done by us.
We'd have to contact the Savannah people.

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