[coreboot] New on blogs.coreboot.org: Results of the coreboot "Mailing List vs Blog" poll
zoran.stojsavljevic at gmail.com
Sun Mar 5 16:30:16 CET 2017
Hello Mailing List,
I am all just about forum. Since I think forum is more clear, and better
organized (in my view/opinion). I do not like mailing lists. I hate them.
I admit complete defeat!
"If you can not defeat/beat them, you join them!" ;-)
On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 12:18 AM, WordPress <wordpress at blogs.coreboot.org>
> A new post titled "Results of the coreboot "Mailing List vs Blog" poll"
> has been published on the coreboot blog. Find the full post at
> A little while back, there were a few requests to switch from the mailing
> list format to a web-based forum for our official communication channel.
> The coreboot leadership wanted to see what the actual preferences of the
> coreboot community was, so I posted a poll. The poll was publicized in IRC
> and on the mailing list itself, so should have been communicated to the
> people who would be most directly affected by any change.
> Poll results
> *Here are the overall results from all responses:*
> [image: Hate Mailing List:1, Prefer Forum: 6, Don't care: 2, Prefer
> Mailing list: 21, Hate Forum: 26]
> We had a total of 60 valid responses, and I think the overall results
> pretty clearly indicate that the coreboot project should NOT move away from
> the mailing list.
> One suggestion was to split the communication into the mailing list for
> Developers, and a forum for non-developers. To see what the various groups
> thought, I made a few more charts:
> *Developer preferences:*
> [image: Prefer Forum: 1, Prefer Mailing list: 16, Hate Forum: 15, Other: 3]
> So not unexpectedly, the coreboot developers even more overwhelmingly
> prefer the mailing list to the general results
> *Non-developer preferences:*
> [image: Hate Mailing list: 1, Prefer Forum: 5, Don't care: 2, Prefer
> Mailing list: 5, Hate Forum: 11, Other: 1]
> So even within the non-developer group, there was a definite preference
> for the mailing list format.
> Finally, I broke the Non-developer group down into the group that said
> they were coreboot users, as opposed to those that mainly read the mailing
> *coreboot users (non-developers):*
> [image: Hate Mailing list: 1, Prefer Forum: 4, Prefer Mailing list: 4,
> Hate Forum: 5]
> Users (Non-Developers)
> That group had the highest percentage of people who preferred the forum,
> but it was still well under 40%.
> We also asked people what we should do to improve the mailing list.
> Here’s a summary of the suggestions:
> - Show people how to set up their (or a different) email client to
> make reading the mailing list easier.
> - Have people be more polite.
> - Add a FAQ showing previously asked question and answers.
> - A netiquette should be established like on the Linux kernel mailing
> - Several suggestions to improve the coreboot mailing list archive at
> - Fix the archive so that long threads aren’t spread into different
> sections by months.
> - Add a search function to the archive
> - Create monthly archives that can be downloaded (This exists.)
> - Update from Pipermail to a more modern archiver like Hyperkitty –
> Since it doesn’t look like we’re going to switch to a forum, I’m not going
> to list the suggestions that people had for that.
> Over the upcoming weeks, we’ll look at our options, and discuss our
> options and plans in the bi-weekly coreboot community meetings.
> coreboot mailing list: coreboot at coreboot.org
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