I can see your points, but I don't think them feasable, because the world
is, what it is. In my opinion joining the lists might mean,that people would
leave and create a new platform for developers.
there are only two lists to combine them all, that is not too much. And I
know a lot of topics, which are really well-placed at just one of them and
they really do stay there.
As to users joining the lists: I ave a feeling, that we get more "beginner
level" users. Hell, even when I joined back in 2002 or something, I still was
a beginner. Certainly no developer and I am not an audio developer. OK, I keep
up, because there might be things of interest, but I try to keep my own posts,
where they should be. :-)
I don't think, that it is a capsulation of people. It is just channeling of
forces. and I know, that we have people, who mostly -if not only - devlop and
those, who just use.
As to merging of standards/systems/protocols, I'd wish for that in more
areas, becuase it naturally focuses the strength of many in one place and
increases quality. But that is diversity. The way we have it, I think the most
feasable ideas grow and get accepted into more and more applications. It did
happen before and I'm sure will continue to happen.
You said, that newbies would not know how to really manage a mailing list -
possibly joining chats, forums, etc. That is a point of view. Many "really
new" newbies might. But I would always shy away from forums, hate chats and
don't get much out of feeds. It takes all sorts. :-)
Warmly and insubstantially yours :-)
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