FreeBSD's problems as seen by the community

Daniel O'Connor doconnor at
Sat Jan 12 16:37:35 PST 2008

On Sun, 13 Jan 2008, Robert Watson wrote:
> > Sorry, but (especially in this case) that is nonsense as it's
> > primarily an excuse and disparages the work done there.
> There's another element in play here -- is a mailing
> list-centric community driven by people who are very much part of the
> e-mail world.  For many newer computer users, e-mail is the old
> world, and the new world is instant messaging and web forums.  Many
> developers I've talked to feel quite uncomfortable with the medium of
> web forums, and therefore don't tend to use them.  If our newer user
> communities are forming around web forums (i.e., for PC-BSD), then we
> do need to find some way to bridge the gap.

A usenet<->forum bridge would be nice since news looks enough like email 
for oldies to use :)

Pitty the few I have seen are basically unmaintained :(
(eg Papercut)

Hmm I wonder how hard it would be to write a forum scraper....

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