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Perl6 Bulletin Board (Message Board)

Garrett Goebel
July 28, 2000 09:29
Perl6 Bulletin Board (Message Board)
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Okay, it is pretty evident that this topic should move off bootstrap, and is
probably of little interest to most core Perl6 developers who are happy with
mailing lists.

I've summarized what I think might be acceptable and of interest to some,
and suggest that if you are interested in a web-based bulletin board (aka
"better mailing list archives"), please respond to me directly. If there's
enough interest this to merit its own mailing list, perhaps we'll create

Concept: mailing archives + Apache mod_perl + RDBMS == Web-based Bulletin

Bulletin Board Requirements
- Bulletin board is "a better archives"
- Mailing lists are primary mechanism
- Subscribes read-only to all mailing lists
- Supports basic/complex search of mailing lists archives
- Email addresses not displayed
- Posting to WG is not provided (redirect to mailing list?)
- Messages indexed by:
  o  list identifier: perl6-core, perl6-announce, etc.
  o  author
  o  date
  o  subject
- Client specific functionality
  o  Offline viewing mode: grep'able plain-text and html
  o  Threaded view configurable by indexes and depth
  o  Filters exclusionary or inclusionary by indexes
  o  Display variable amount of text/messages per page
  o  Client identified by anonymous cookie or registered login
Optional requirements
- Messages show date posted, view count, reply count 
- Handles subset of HTML if included in post
- Handles pod2html if included in post
- Client specific functionality
  o  User defined forums: can group several mailing lists
  o  Moderation:
     > Allow posts to be moderated by simple Yes/No survey:
       interesting, informative, funny, technical, off-topic, etc.
     > Allow client to define own default and/or forum specific
       ranking system. Example: informative >= 2 and technical <= 3
  o  Filters by client defined message values: read, bookmarked, etc.
- Support read/write discussions (messages not posted to mailing list)

- Nobody is being forced to use it
- Allows yet another point of access to information on Perl6
- Some people actually prefer a web interface
- Collaborative ratings moderation of old messages
- Good for people to track mailing lists for which they aren't
  interested in enough to subscribe or setup mail filters

- General perception that web-based discussion systems are awkward
- People have to learn another system
- People should rather opt to learn a better mail client
- May require mailing list standards to facilitate parsing?
- If anyone mentions Slashdot, people will burst blood vessels

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