Discussion:
Approval Queue and Moderation Slowdowns
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Brian Hicks
2017-11-29 20:06:50 UTC
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Hey folks!

I've had a few messages about disappearing emails here over the last month. Sorry about that! I know it's super frustrating to spend time on a quality post only to have it disappear for hours or days. Often this means that we haven't got around to approving messages, but Google Groups has also been dropping them! This isn't great, and we can do better!

We've been hobbling along approving every message and poster manually since the huge wave of Italian spam a couple years ago, but we need to move away from these manual processes so we can make a good experience for people discussing things here! Because of these things, we are currently looking for a replacement for Google Groups for elm-discuss. The current candidate is Discourse, which will still let people post and interact via email if you prefer, but has a much more approachable web interface, does not require a Google account, and has better (and more visible) moderation tools.

In the meantime, and TL;DR: I'm taking responsibility to approve posts to elm-discuss until we can figure out a solution to this problem. If your non-spam post to elm-discuss is rejected, I will tell you why. Please don't try to re-send a modified version, since we will have a hard time knowing what you actually wanted to post. If your message disappears into the void and you don't hear anything, please contact me directly either here or on Slack.

Brian Hicks
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Dustin Farris
2017-11-29 20:31:31 UTC
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The new discussions thing on GitHub looks pretty cool. Unsure if it works over email but I would think it does.


https://github.com/blog/2471-introducing-team-discussions


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Post by Brian Hicks
Hey folks!
I've had a few messages about disappearing emails here over the last month. Sorry about that! I know it's super frustrating to spend time on a quality post only to have it disappear for hours or days. Often this means that we haven't got around to approving messages, but Google Groups has also been dropping them! This isn't great, and we can do better!
We've been hobbling along approving every message and poster manually since the huge wave of Italian spam a couple years ago, but we need to move away from these manual processes so we can make a good experience for people discussing things here! Because of these things, we are currently looking for a replacement for Google Groups for elm-discuss. The current candidate is Discourse, which will still let people post and interact via email if you prefer, but has a much more approachable web interface, does not require a Google account, and has better (and more visible) moderation tools.
In the meantime, and TL;DR: I'm taking responsibility to approve posts to elm-discuss until we can figure out a solution to this problem. If your non-spam post to elm-discuss is rejected, I will tell you why. Please don't try to re-send a modified version, since we will have a hard time knowing what you actually wanted to post. If your message disappears into the void and you don't hear anything, please contact me directly either here or on Slack.
Brian Hicks
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Brian Hicks
2017-11-30 14:38:55 UTC
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It looks neat, but first-release functionality from GitHub is always
limited. Discourse is a known quantity at this point.

Of course, if you've used both and can make a fair comparison between them,
I'd really love to hear your thoughts. If that's the case, could you
contact me off-list so we can keep discussion in this thread focused?
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'Rupert Smith' via Elm Discuss
2017-11-30 15:49:05 UTC
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The current candidate is Discourse.
It sounds like a great idea. There is a need for slower and less chat based
discussion than Slack, that maintains a free searchable history. If you are
putting in the work to give us that with a much better user experience than
we get here, then thanks and I think it will be a success.
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