[thelist] Domain issues

Bob Meetin bobm at dottedi.biz
Tue Jan 7 00:22:44 UTC 2020

An outlier? Maybe not. I also use stackoverflow and various 
software-specific forums for advice and occasionally hire freelancers. 
Sometimes the response is there, sometimes you have to fend through 
weeks to get answers if you indeed get an answer. thelist provided a 
warm body with a heart. It was a thing of beauty. Recently I ran into a 
problem with one of my gmail accounts. Trying to get support from google 
via their feedback form is a challenge. Human beings are good.

On 1/6/20 10:52 AM, Phil Turmel wrote:
> 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?

Bob Meetin
303-926-0167 (m)

Perfectionism: The Fine Art of Procrastination

LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobmeetin

More information about the thelist mailing list