[thelist] Domain issues

Phil Turmel philip at turmel.org
Mon Jan 6 17:52:08 UTC 2020

I still have a dedicated folder for TheList.  (:

I prefer email for technical discussions but acknowledge that I'm an 
outlier.  /:

Forums based on Discourse or Discord seem to be dominating now-a-days.

On 1/6/20 11:32 AM, Volkan Özçelik wrote:
>> But I'd pretty much forgotten about the list until now. What happened to
> it?
> I guess it’s still there (since we can still send emails to/from :) ), but
> instead of the warm and cozy medium of thelist, people prefer other media
> like: StackOverflow, google groups, facebook groups, dev.to, slack
> communities, discord communities… they are dime a dozen… and they have
> really good people discussing cool thing.
> evolt is still there too: https://evolt.org/archive.html
> with it’s last post (dated 2013) underlining that “it is not the end”
> https://evolt.org/this-is-not-the-end
> I personally would love the list back.
> But, imho, it’s not an easy task.
> We are like a bunch of nerds on the fringe where the mainstream are using
> other tools to communicate.
> At least that’s how I feel.
> Both, thelist, and evolt can become active again.
> It all boils down to gathering enough clout, and enough interested
> individually to keep to ball rolling.
> I did community building long time ago. And I know that it’s damn hard.
> In a typical community there are 90% contributors and 10% lurkers.
> In a typical “developer” community, there will be 1% contributors, 95%
> lurkers, and 4% of those who don’t know why they are there in the first
> place.
> Plus, all the core contributors (me included) got other stuff coming down
> their alley (life changes, family, kids, increased responsibilities etc)
> And, for the lack of a better term, there was not enough fresh blood to
> keep the fire burning.
> At least that’s how I think and feel.
> And I still haz hope.
> This is not the end.
> On Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 5:42 AM Nadeem Hosenbokus <nadeem at nadeemh.com> wrote:
>> Happy new year everyone.
>> I haven't really been much of a contributor on the list but it's saved my
>> hide a few times in the past (and we're talking 10ish years ago now).
>> One thing though: reading messages from others, especially about the
>> issues and solutions being presented was something that I really enjoyed.
>> Just being exposed to technologies that were outside my scope was valuable
>> to me.
>> But I'd pretty much forgotten about the list until now. What happened to
>> it?

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