[csit-dev] New Option for fd.io mailing lists: groups.io

Thomas F Herbert

I have found the UI for moderation on Mailman a little difficult.

Both systems require authentication via email to join. I would think that would reduce most bots/SPAM.

So the advantage if any of Groups.io is that it has a better gui. Do we se have use for  its wiki or calendar?

I have found the moderation view of the mailman gui a little confusing and maybe this I think may be the best advantage of groups.io. At least from the standpoint of a somewhat light user of moderation.

I think it would be transparent to participants.


On 12/14/2017 10:45 AM, Ed Warnicke wrote:
A new option has become available for handling mailing lists: groups.io

As a community, we need to look at this option, provide feedback, and come to a decision as to whether or not to migrate.  A critical part of that is having folks take a look, ask questions, and express opinions :)

We have a sandbox example at  https://groups.io/g/lfn  you can look at

And an example with active list and imported archive: https://lists.odpi.org/g/odpi-sig-bi

Major benefits include searchability, better web interface, etc.

The LF was kind enough to write a FAQ for us as we consider as a community whether to migrate or not:

Q: What are the key differences between Mailman and Groups.io?
●Groups.io has a modern interface, robust user security model, and interactive, searchable archives
●Groups.io provides advanced features including muting threads and integrations with modern tools like GitHub, Slack, and Trello
Groups.io also has optional extras like a shared calendar, polling, chat, a wiki, and more
Groups.io uses a concept of subgroups, where members first join the project “group” (a master list), then they choose the specific “subgroup” lists they want to subscribe to

Q: How is the experience different for me as a list moderator or participant?
In many ways, it is very much the same. You will still find the main group at your existing URL and sub-groups equate to the more focused mailing lists based on the community’s needs. Here is an example of main group and sub-group URL patterns, and their respective emails:

What is different is Groups.io’s simple but highly functional UI that will make the experience of moderating or participating in the community discussions more enjoyable.

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