[gmx-users] Moving this mailing list to Discourse format

Mark Abraham mark.j.abraham at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 10:48:10 CEST 2016

Hi Hannes,

Yes, previous discussion has identified this as a likely key feature, and
thanks for adding confirmation of that. Discourse can be integrated with
functionality for replying to threads from email to suit people who want
that kind of small change to their workflows; that will indeed suit simple
discussions. Obviously there's configurable email activity digests and
notifications also, which provide links to the forum proper.


On Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 9:52 AM Hannes Loeffler <Hannes.Loeffler at stfc.ac.uk>

> On Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:11:42 +0000
> Mark Abraham <mark.j.abraham at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi people,
> >
> > As part of the new BioExcel project (http://bioexcel.eu/) that
> > supports biomolecular research with codes including GROMACS, we're
> > exploring migrating the gmx-users mailing list to the Discourse
> > format. You can see an example at http://try.discourse.org! This has
> > a number of immediate advantages, including attachments, single-click
> > sign-up, tagging, voting and contributing to old discussions. We
> > might also integrate features like replying to threads via email, or
> > real-time chat. We also know such a change might be something people
> > don't like, and we would like to get a feel for that. The community
> > should like its forum, after all! :-) So please let us know how you
> > feel at http://goo.gl/forms/k8lhTliffO.
> I think such a discussion would need a bit more space than just a few
> pre-canned questions.
> I am on various mailing lists and happy with my email client as a
> central "collector" of all those discussions.  I am personally not fond
> of another web page interface with its very own features, bells and
> whistles and what not, but typically unlike any other existing one.
> And this is in essence the major shortcoming unless it would be still
> possible to receive all messages through a mailing list as it is now.
> Cheers,
> Hannes.
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