On Sun, Dec 31, 2006 at 11:05:43AM +0900, Eric Hodel wrote:
> Please go search the archives for why this list hasn't been split in  
> the past despite a split being proposed nearly every six months.

"A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy" by Clay Shirky[1] is surely
already grokked by everyone involved but I personally stopped
following ruby-talk@, although didn't unsubscribe, since there
are several high volume mailing lists of more importance to me
at the same time as I'm quite rarely developing anything at all.
(so if anyone cares to reply, please Cc: me personally; thanks)

Mind you, I've used mutt for a year or so when subscribing 
ruby-talk@, so there wasn't much space left for optimization
already.

This is a very usual story, and to grow, wise listmasters and
"list elders" must know when to split discussion and keep its
volume practically consumable.  One might remember one of the
very first major USENET votings on comp.os.linux split[2] not
to reinvent the historic solution to already known problem of
successful and growing projects.

PS: very nice FAQizer which could help those involved in list
maintainership to cherrypick useful discussions and easily put
them into categorized FAQ articles with original thread reference
once was at typo3.org but that was gone[3] since the latest major
site revamp (guess it's just too much trouble to touch the job
so nobody does).

PPS: happy New Year and merry Christmas!

[1] http://www.shirky.com/writings/group_enemy.html
[2] http://www.tdl.com/~netex/linux-doc-project/install-guide/node47.html
[3] http://typo3.org/documentation/mailing-lists/english-main-list-archive/

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