I'm hoping jps will see the value of using something like this and encourage people to move there. It's really maddening dealing with this forum. And of course I will turn the reins over to him the moment he asks.
I vote that this forum be switched to Vanilla. It has a nice interface and it has a very large community and is well supported. It has several plugins and it has a phpBB import tool. It has the features that many want.
Google groups are really annoying to read and browse. Vanilla is absolutely abysmal. No idea why someone thought it'd be a good idea to make a forum in a stack exchange type layout. They're barely even able to be considered forums.
If anything other than these forums were to be used I'd say just a plain old fashioned mailing list. Something like librelist.
Anomareh wrote:f anything other than these forums were to be used I'd say just a plain old fashioned mailing list.
google groups is also a plain old fashioned mailing list. I almost never use their interface to interact with their groups, I use email. Anyway, it doesn't matter, it doesn't seem like it's going to happen. We'll have to get used to this forum.
+1 for moving to a real mailing list, e.g. Google Groups. PHPBB is an abomination designed to make people and messages get lost. Email is the One True Inbox; why people prefer these click-and-wait unsearchable walled-in blinky-smiley infant playrooms will always remain a mystery to me.
Google Groups has not kept up with their early successes in spam filtering; e.g. check out this mirror of the pgsql-general list. Only the Google mirror shows all the Russian spam; it's not on the original list: