A proposal for running a MailingList?
from a Wiki. I assume no BuiltinThreading?
on the Wiki. Aims:
- Use the Wiki as a message store without overwriting existing content
- Allow Wiki users to communicate with those on the MailingList?
- Allow reworking of old emails without disrupting the MailingList?
To allow these:
- Posted mail is simply appended to a Wiki page.
- The title of a post is turned into the name of the Wiki page to edit.
- Text appended to a Wiki page is distributed as mail (I assume an EasySubmission? scheme)
- General reworking is not distributed as mail
- Formatting rules that follow e-mail conventions would help (e.g. > for quotes).
A mailing list indicates interest, so PageClusters? are used to group topics:
- A cluster mailing list will only distribute changes to pages in that cluster.
- Posts to a cluster mailing list will not alter existing pages outside of that cluster.
- New pages created by posts to a cluster mailing list will be automatically clustered.
Problems with this scheme:
- Wiki users who want to post a message must be careful not to let old habits get the better of them - they cannot spell-check others' submissions or their post will look like reworking
- The inherent threading of e-mail will be lost, since posts are just stored in-order. Hopefully, different subjects being on different pages will mitigate this.
- Summaries are not easily generated. This might be rectified by clever parsing of the e-mail title, but at the risk of false summaries from e-mail users who forget to alter the title when they hit "reply".
I have no idea if this combination of ideas is new or not, but thought it worth getting out of my head and on Wiki just in case...
[new] Do you mean like WikiForum? --> w2? Ward did this maybe 5 years ago. -- SunirShah?
Quite possibly. That page doesn't contain any details of the scheme, and the link is dead.
[new] Another example is MetaBaby?, but to a lesser extent. Anyway, it doesn't work very well. -- SunirShah?
[new] It's a mailing list. There is no perceived commons, and therefore no maintenance of common space. If you want to have a wiki, use a wiki, and forego the mailing list. Jon's articles explains what's dumb about mailing lists.  -- SunirShah?
Your [ new ] tag thing is broken. --ss
Ka-Ping Yee's "nosy list" idea (from Jon's article) could be added to this: grab extra e-mail addresses from the cc-list of replies and sign them up to a cluster.