Replace Google Groups mailing lists with Diaspora Forum mailing lists
In other words, Diaspora Forum has full mailing list functionality, with the addition of a web interface in the shape of the somewhat incredible Discourse suite for those who may not be familiar with mailing list functionality.
I find the fact that the Diaspora project continues to use a Google product absolutely ridiculous and I propose we drop all the existing Google Groups completely and replace each group/list with the mailing list functionality that is supported by the community-run Diaspora Forum.
If you have time spare, there was a similar proposal a number of years ago with about a hundred comments on it which can be found at https://www.loomio.org/d/oasCl9wk/running-our-own-mailing-lists
smdm started a proposal Mon 4 May 2015
Creating a FLO social networking platform as umbrella for all FLO projects Closed Tue 12 May 2015
Regarding our discussion about the Google mailing list of Diaspora, I see a bit more general problem - the discussion groups in every FLO project are dispersed, with old fashioned infrastructure. Also they are often running on some 3-rd party servers under 3-rd party's TOS, which could be changed not always in our favor.
What I'd propose is creating a social network for the members of the entire FLO community, so we could exchange more resources with each other, share more experience, attract more geeks to join us and organize more discussions.
We could use infrastructure based on BuddyPress, Oxwall or any FLO social networking platform we choose: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_social_networking_software
This way we could:
- promote even more the FLO software
- achieve maximum interaction and knowledge-sharing with minimum efforts
- attract easy another like minded people to join
- organize discussions in groups
- manage our notifications
- easily share, comment, 'like' and PM the people
- discuss ethical ways to support/generate revenue from a FLO social network
- capitalize more over the size of our network
- organize job boards attracting people like us
- experiment with the TCO(total cost of ownership), functional extensions, community brainstorming
We can have 'the geeky version of Facebook'.
I have a domain - ctrlalt.de which we could use for this.
I've spoken with the Umbrella GNU community and if you'd like to, you could join our discussion on firstname.lastname@example.org. They are members of FSF. They generally are okay with the idea.
I plan to write to prof. Jeff Sayre also:http://jeffsayre.com/2010/02/24/a-flock-of-twitters-decentralized-semantic-microblogging/#decent , as I see he has some similar ideas to my ideas, discussed in a previous thread here.
What do you think about the idea?
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Flaburgan started a proposal Wed 25 Mar 2015
Change our mailing list from Google Groups to Discourse Closed Thu 30 Apr 2015
Rich set a nice discourse at https://diasporaforum.org/
As a free software project, to avoid Google would be nice, besides, Google is currently dropping a lot of "non-rentable" projects (last one in the list: Google Code).
Discourse proposes the same features than Google Group: be able to create a thread and answer to it using e-mail or a browser.
Vote Yes if you want to quit Google Group and officially promote Discourse as a way to discuss about diaspora*.
Vote No if you want to keep using Googe Group.
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Mon 4 May 2015
You seem to have mistaken the proposal button for the comment button or the create a discussion button. Your proposal concludes with "What do you think about the idea?", with no clear action points on what anybody voting on this would commit to.
Asli Telli Aydemir
Thu 26 Mar 2015
the privacy measures and filter mechanisms are really lame in googlegroups. Message bounce-offs are also pain in the neck:((
Steffen van Bergerem
Fri 27 Mar 2015
As long as Google doesn't ditch Google Groups and we aren't running the mailing list ourselves on the diasporafoundation.org domain I think we shouldn't change our mailing lists.
Sat 28 Mar 2015
I have no objection to this in principle, but I think it's too early to make a decision on it because details need to be worked out (such as migration strategy) before deciding whether this is the right move at this point.
Running the community on a Google product is hypocritical. The alternative is clear. Specifics have largely been worked out in the comments, or can be after we agree on the principal of migrating. It's time.