[ros-users] Please create topics for this mailinglist

Tully Foote tfoote at osrfoundation.org
Fri Aug 28 21:29:34 UTC 2015

Hi Stephan,

Looking at our mailman instance it does appear to support topics. The
technical process of adding them looks to be relatively simple. There's a
flip side which is it will also require updating our community policies for
posting, including educating our users how to use topics effectively, both
as posters as well as subscribers.

I personally have never used topics on a mailing list and don't know best
practices and how they will effect the community. There are several
important decisions such as what are the choice of topics. Also decisions
to change topics in the future may require anyone using topics to log in
and update their subscription settings which suboptimal, since it looks
like if you select to subscribe to specific topics everything else gets
dropped. Similarly there are statements in the documentation about messages
being sent not being delivered to the list if not categorized.

If you'd be willing to put together a more complete proposal and possibly
link to some resources for people to learn about mailman topics. That will
make it clearer to the community what the implications would be, and that
would help us find a path forward.


On Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 11:45 PM, Stephan Opfer via ros-users <
ros-users at lists.ros.org> wrote:

> My original idea, was to suggest, that the list admin presses 3 buttons
> and enters some topics. That alone would change nothing for anybody, except
> for those who don't want to receive certain topics. They could make the
> list not even deliver the mails to their mail-server, in order to save
> resources like memory, traffic, etc.
> If it is not that easy, as I thought, I will create local message filters,
> which delete certain topics.
> So @listadmin: Please just give me feedback on that.
> Greetings,
>   Stephan
> On 25.08.2015 19:03, Scott C. Livingston via ros-users wrote:
>> The OP was about adding topic prefixes, e.g., as on the
>> robotics-worldwide mailing list,
>> http://duerer.usc.edu/pipermail/robotics-worldwide/2013-September/007064.html
>> There is no need for a new account, etc.
>> ~Scott
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