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Choice Votes   Percent
Yes! 18 39.1%   
Hmm, maybe 12 26.1%   
Nah 4 8.7%   
I thought ticalc.org already had mailing lists? 3 6.5%   
What's a mailing list? 9 19.6%   

Survey posted 2012-02-20 08:41 by Travis.

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Re: If ticalc.org opened new mailing lists for TI calculator discussion, would you participate?
KermMartian  Account Info
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FR0ST P0ST! :D

I kid, of course; I miss the old days. Anyway, yes, I did think ticalc.org had mailing lists, but something is vaguely nagging at my memory about a news article a few years ago about the lists shutting down. I know that Travis has been organizing the archives of mailing list discussions, which is excellent. As far as the question, I know that at one point there was a huge community sentiment that ticalc.org should have discussion boards, and I even remember discussing some of my projects on that Project Discussion section of the site (?). However, I feel that at this point community sites like Cemetech and co. are popular and active enough to maintain development discussions in the community, and that mailing lists wouldn't quite have a place anymore. Indeed, I think a lot of that has to do with the recent members added to the programming community in the past few years growing up with fora rather than mailing lists, and thus finding mailing lists something of a foreign concept.

Reply to this comment    20 February 2012, 16:12 GMT


Re: Re: If ticalc.org opened new mailing lists for TI calculator discussion, would you participate?
Travis Evans  Account Info

Technically, the lists are still up, believe it or not (or they were, the last time I checked—someone posts a message roughly every three years or so :-P), though the available categories are pretty out-of-date and there have been no working archives for years.

Although there are a lot of forums out there now, I don't know of too many mailing lists, so I thought that this might be something fairly unique to offer. One problem is that, as you mentioned, forums seem to be the trend nowadays.

Lists still have appeal to me personally—subscription is usually simpler than forum registration, the new messages come to me rather than me having to go out and fetch them on the web, I can configure my email client to handle messages and threads however I want, and they're generally “lightweight” and not prone to slow loading times and downtime which seem to plague most large forum sites I know of. In some ways, lists are actually more flexible than forums but seem to sadly be viewed as old-fashioned nowadays.

Reply to this comment    22 February 2012, 05:16 GMT

Re: Re: Re: If ticalc.org opened new mailing lists for TI calculator discussion, would you participate?
Eric Shotwell  Account Info
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Yeah, it always seemed with the mailing lists, they would go months without any activity, and then someone would randomly ask something through them, and then all of a sudden they would get a whole bunch of activity. And then it would die down, and they would go months without any activity again.

I think getting the mailing lists active again would be interesting, if only because seeing all those new mails popping up always seemed to have a way of getting people talk about things and discussing and such, and that was fun.

Reply to this comment    9 March 2012, 20:51 GMT

Re: Re: Re: If ticalc.org opened new mailing lists for TI calculator discussion, would you participate?
ThunderBolt  Account Info

I am not sure what it would entail exactly, but it is something that I think would appeal to a segment of the TI calc programming population and I would be interested, for sure.

Reply to this comment    11 March 2012, 02:01 GMT


Re: Re: Re: If ticalc.org opened new mailing lists for TI calculator discussion, would you participate?
Mikael Bonnier  Account Info
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I think the mailing lists would be more useful if they were also on http://gmane.org/ because then one could read them and post messages using an NNTP-client.

Reply to this comment    18 March 2012, 14:40 GMT

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