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Re: Virtues of benign neglect (was Re: Re: XML-devfu

benign neglect
Mike Champion wrote:

> Hypothetically, if the list becomes managed by volunteers, what happens 
> when they burn out, or get disgusted by the haiku, limericks, 
> permathreads, etc. and flee, or whatever?  Instead of a private email to 
> Karl Best when problems occur, it will become an Issue that we all have 
> to see in our inboxes.

Sorry for switching out of lurking mode loudly:

That is so wrong. The entire Internet infrastructure depends on tools 
created by volunteers, remember? Surely depending on volunteer efforts 
makes a community more susceptible to Darwinistic Doom, but in the end 
it could possibly also create a stronger community.

As I pointed out in some other message on this subject, I'm pretty sure 
Oasis should be able to get their act together and delegate co-admin 
capabilities to some elected people of this list (like 
message/subscription moderation). Maybe that might already solve 'the 
problem'. Yes, qmail/ezmlm are pretty much BOFH-like when it comes to 
exception handling - but in the end, that might be exactly the reason 
why the combo easily supports big mailing lists and lots of message 
deliveries. If messages bounce, for whatever reason, most likely it's an 
upstream problem.

Best regards,

Steven Noels                            http://outerthought.org/
Outerthought - Open Source, Java & XML Competence Support Center
Read my weblog at            http://blogs.cocoondev.org/stevenn/
stevenn at outerthought.org                stevenn at apache.org


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