Does Scribus need a Forum?
now I am thinking we need forum.
if we can made forum conected with mailing list it will be great
I think forum is better than mailing list because of archiving threads and google indexing - forum can be better than FAQ in fact - it is automatically generated FAQ by google index
we still answering same questions on IRC and mailing list - it is because there are not any answers in the web (even in wiki, where you must manually duplicate informations from here or from mailing list)
from my experience people would not like to joining mailing list, would not like to connect to IRC - whey would like to ask google and get answer from it
IRC and mailing list are very old-school method of connecting with users, in this time very archaic
vox_: yes, but I cant find any IRC or mailing list users (I mean any, not realted with Scribus) from my friends they all use windows and IRC or mailing list is something... exotic
and do you know why? because IRC and mailing list needs your activity
forum indexed by google is what they expect and what is good enough
they ask google and got answer
somehow i find forums to be pretty irritating. they start out OK, but then all the topics end up something like "I need help", "please help me" and what not
i thought about the forum topic... and as you correctly pointed, it's indeed easier for "outsiders" to use forums...
but, on the other side, i looks to me somehow evident that for "power contributors" email is really much more practical
i'm wondering: would it be possible to have a mixed interface (a mailing list which can be viewed as a forum)?
no idea if one already exists...
probably not easy to manage, because many people use crappy mail program which don't respect most conventions on headers...
the easy part is to allow people to post from the forum to the mailing list.
the hard part, afaict, is to classify the mails from the mailing list into the forum.
personally, i can't think of myself posting into a forum when i'm busy.
but, well, personally, i mostly don't like how forums are split in sections... most of the time those sections don't match what i want to do or i'm looking for...
so: a proposal from me: a forum with few categories and each category is a mailing list (except "done with scribus"... i guess :-)
and the forum classifies the mails from the ML by reading the subject
and now the question: is there any software doing it?
one further problem, is how to allow "anonymous" posting to a mailing list but avoid crap mails (in a pure forum you can delete them, on a mailing list, once their sent, they're sent)
(ok, we could have 10 people getting the mails from the forum and if one of them accepts it it goes through) fazit: in my eyes a forum interface would be a positive thing, but i'm not sure that you can get the programmers and the main ML contributors to switch to a forum.
"FUDforum includes tools which will allow the forum to be used to archive newsgroups (NNTP) and mailing lists. In addition, FUDforum allows the administrator to permit forum members to post messages back to a mailing list or a newsgroup. This feature makes FUDforum an ideal access point to newsgroups and mailing lists for those who cannot access those resources directly. "