being comparingly new to Gentoo I still wounder why the classical
heart of every open source community is missing, a public news server.
At least a news server is not offically announced on
http://www.gentoo.org/ like forums, IRC and mailinglists. (I can read
some, not all of the lists via infosun2.rus.uni-stuttgart.de.)
Well, there are mailinglists. But mailinglists send each message to
everybody producing a lot of traffic overhead. As as result people are
socially driven to reduce the amount of messages. The lists are dead
early while IRC still is active.
By this a lot of interesting solutions are lost to effective web
search. The buzz in IRC doesn't result in a web searchable
documentation. It is rubbish the moment after it was written. Also it
is not everybodies taste only to send small messages and to paste
elsewhere when the stuff exceeds 2 lines of code.
Then there are some Gentoo web forums out there. Now that is really
slow, moving tons of HTML for every single posting. Valuable
information is scattered all around. Do we think intelligent people to
limited to install a Thunderbird to read news, so that people are to
driven to web forums like housewifes, that only know the web as
When comparing Gentoo with other communities it has very good
documentation but communication could be better. I am missing the
heart of it.