Ok, I signed up to the Ruby on Rails mailing list some weeks ago thinking that this was a really great place to learn a lot about using Ruby and Rails together.
Shortly after that things were migrated to this google groups and I found several things happened all at once -- I don't know if this is all by design or by mistake but this is what I observed....
My mailing list is dead. No more mail. The website implies that this is still a mailing list. It isn't. Now in order to do anything I have to send an email into some group and then.... troll through hundreds of web pages trying to find my post and any relevant responses. I don't know what possessed the community that this was a good thing, but my experience is that retrieving information now takes 10 - 100 times longer because I can't just scan my mailbox.
So, few posts, fewer replies, no sense of connection to this bustling community.
One of the key factors in the attractiveness of open source software and many of the projects that I have been involved in is the accessibility of the supporting community. Hard to access support counts strongly against the attractiveness of the overall product.
In this case, the ease of use countered by the difficulty to access the community support doesn't do much to raise Ruby above any of the other web framework communities out there.
Is there anything that can be done to reverse this decision?
I like this Ruby/Rails stuff, but the difficulty in using the current interface is so great that it is now more difficult to work in Rails than it is in other systems that are notably more difficult to work in -- eg: HTML::Mason in Perl isn't as easy, but the support is there.
I'm not going to make any attempt to "fix" anything. But I would like to know if there is anything that people know of as an alternative to this mailing list?
PS: If I were to offer any fixes then I would put up my own mail server as a host for the mailing list, but I'll assume that's already been discussed.