I've been trying to keep on top of rubyonrails-talk now for some time. And it's getting confusing in here, to the point where I want to get stuck in, but I really don't have the time to sift through the stuff I just don't have time to deal with (newbie questions mostly, unfortunately - I'm just too busy to help responding to them).
I was wondering if it might not be a good idea to split the list into several lists that are focused on particular topics where people might find it easier to discover each other?
rubyonrails-beginner - just starting out and getting stuck? Experts willing to help those on their first stages can answer questions
rubyonrails-help - questions/answers for the non-beginners tracking down help with something a bit more esoteric
rubyonrails-devel - discussion of what is going into future releases of rails
rubyonrails-talk - general chat, advice on hosting, chunky bacon-related escapades, etc.
This isn't a definitive list, just an idea. If we suddenly found a list being over-burdened with a class of topics many weren't interested in, another list could be created - e.g. web designers looking for help on views, liquid, flex2, etc. could all congregate around rubyonrails-webdesign or something.
I think this would help those looking for help find it quicker, and those willing to provide help connect quicker with those looking for it. A similar mailing list scheme operates around the FreeBSD project with a great deal of success and helps like-minded folks find each other and get on with development much more easily than everybody colliding in one big heap.