[darcs-users] HEADS-UP! darcs-devel now open for business

Eric Kow kowey at darcs.net
Wed Nov 17 16:02:59 UTC 2010

Thanks to everybody who commented on the splitting darcs-users thread
from September [1].

Taking your advice into account, I decided to go with a traditional
user/devel split.

So if you are interested in participating in, or observing darcs
development, darcs-devel is now open for human traffic.  Please
subscribe at http://lists.osuosl.org/mailman/listinfo/darcs-devel

Here are my recommendations. They are fairly loose and they shy
away from trying to cut the lists up into themes:

1. Developers: please subscribe to both users and devel.  I hope this
   is a reasonable request given the size of our community.

   If you're using auto-filtering, it may be a good idea to make sure
   that darcs-devel is as visible to you as darcs-users is.

   I want people to be confident that they can reach developers by
   sending messages to darcs-users.  I also want #3 to work.

2. Patch tracker and issue tracker traffic both go to darcs-devel.

   This should cut traffic in about half for people on darcs-users.
   (Issue tracker traffic was always to darcs-devel, but patch tracker
   traffic was to darcs-users)

   Developers: if you're not used to seeing issue tracker traffic,
   you're in for a bit more noise.

3. Don't worry about what the "right" place for a discussion is.  As far
   as I'm concerned, the only difference is that darcs-devel has a
   smaller audience and more traffic than darcs-users.

   If you really want some hints:

   - Use darcs-devel for patches and patch reviews.  Low-level nuts
     and bolts discussions could probably go here too, for example,
     discussing how the screened branch is used.

   - Use darcs-users for anything you want a bigger audience for.
     Strategic discussions like the Darcs roadmap should probably go
     here.  Discussions on new features, and user-facing stuff like
     config file formats, or retiring old-fashioned are fair game for
     darcs-users as far as I'm concerned.

   Basically, if you worrying about which list to use, you may be
   thinking too hard.

Anyway, I hope this has the intended effect!


[1] http://lists.osuosl.org/pipermail/darcs-users/2010-September/025380.html

PS. apologies to anybody receiving a huge batch of darcs messages in
    one go; mailman got stuck on our end

Eric Kow <http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Eric.Kow>
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