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Re: PGSQL-WINDOWS mailing list?

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com
Cc: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>,Dave Page <dpage(at)vale-housing(dot)co(dot)uk>,PostgreSQL www <pgsql-www(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: PGSQL-WINDOWS mailing list?
Date: 2004-08-11 19:08:40
Message-ID: 15683.1092251320@sss.pgh.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com> writes:
> Yes.  I especially want to give the Win users someplace other than
> GENERAL to go; I've unsubbed from that list due to traffic.

I've got mixed feelings about this.  I agree with the fear that
Windows-related messages might drown out the rest of the traffic ...
but that may happen *anyway*.

Based on what I've seen (and I do sub to nearly all the pg lists),
we have too many lists, not too few.  People post into the wrong
list all the time, because they don't know about or can't be bothered
to subscribe to the one that their message would be most on-topic for.
Or maybe they just don't know enough to realize that their problem
relates to a particular area.  It's particularly bad for bug reports;
people will send messages describing bugs or possible bugs almost
anyplace.

I like the idea of trying to draw off Windows-specific traffic into
its own list, but I am worried that we will lose on both ends.  A
pgsql-windows list might end up becoming the default list for all sorts
of messages from Windows users, including things that really should be
on other lists.  And on top of that, if we get the kind of influx of
new users that people seem to be bracing for, we're going to have
significant levels of Windows-specific messages on all the other lists
too.  It's hardly likely that Windows users will be better at targeting
their messages than the existing user base.

So I'm not sure whether to vote for a new list or not.  It might do what
Josh is hoping for, or it might just contribute to the mess.

I'm kind of inclined to wait and see.  We can certainly add a list in
a few months if traffic levels rise to the point where we have to.
Perhaps they won't.

			regards, tom lane

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