[maemo-community] Quick stats on voter lists

From: Dave Neary dneary at maemo.org
Date: Fri Aug 15 16:06:32 EEST 2008

David Greaves wrote:
> not sure if you're serious - but IMHO it's the most 'org'-ish part of maemo.org
> and makes the difference between a dry community and a human one.

Don't get me wrong, I like IRC too, and Jabber, and twitter and jaiku,
and all of the other low-cost real time communication forums we have now.

> It's also where I've had a lot of issues resolved (and hopefully resolved one or
> two for others).

What I have a problem with is its ephemeral nature - things which get
said in IRC are exposed to a dozen or two people who are on the channel
& awake at the time. As a forum for "doing stuff" I think it's extremely
bad. As a way to get to know people, it's great. As a way to get past
little blockages, great too. But all that knowledge is essentially lost
to the community because it's not in searchable archives the way the
mailing list is.

As such, and since, as you point out, 90% of what happens on IRC is "a
lot of OT stuff", if we're making a measure of community activity (by
which I mean "doing stuff" I don't think we should be taking IRC into


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