One way to measure Plasma progress

December 21, 2007

I’ve uncovered a new metric of project activity: how many people leave the mailing list.  I’m subscribed to the [Panel-devel] list, and as a casual observer, it’s getting tougher and tougher to keep up.  I am now at the tipping point where the flood of emails is overwhelming.  Enough that setting a mail rule to dump them into a folder for later reading isn’t even an option.  It’s like I’m under a spam attack from these busy little bees.  Do I unsubscribe?

And every day it’s someone different.  This morning it’s Jason Stubbs making my gmail account weak in the knees.  Yesterday at some point it was Chani.  So congratulations Plasma team members, you’ve given birth to a new productivity metric.  I’ll gladly become a mailing list casualty as some testament to your progress.  One of many smoldering wrecks that got in your way: Behold the juggernaut that is Plasma Bug Squashing Squad.

6 Responses to “One way to measure Plasma progress”

  1. Chani Says:

    strange, I was just thinking how dead the mailing list seemed to be, and how people kept trying to have conversations on bugzilla instead.
    how do the numbers look when you filter [Bug mails into a sub-folder?
    it’s hard to really have perspective when I’m in the middle of it, reading mails as they come in.🙂

  2. Chani Says:

    btw, kde mailing lists were the one of the reasons I left the gmail web interface and returned to kmail: the simplistic filter rules that are good enough for most gmail users just don’t cut it when you’ve got that much stuff to sort.🙂


  3. Pointing a Bugzilla component owner to a mailing list is a great way to generate traffic. Unfortunately it makes it really difficult for people using GMane services to follow the list now😦.
    It would have been nicer to setup a separate panel-bugs@ list IMHO.

  4. Thomas Zander Says:

    Not sure if this is considered public knowledge or not, but I guess its essential if you want to become active on any sort of open source project; filtering mail and using kmails ‘ignore conversation’ wisely😉

    Every mail that comes from bugzilla has a header with “X-Bugzilla-Reason:” which makes filtering in any mail app thats worth its salt trivial.

    But, yeah, I can imagine Gmail not being up to the task which is a big reason for leaving them a looong time ago already. IMOHO its a joke for more serious email usage🙂


  5. @Thomas: Note that I said GMane, not GMail. I use GMane a lot to follow mailing lists without subscribing to them. Everytime a list gets flooded by Bugzilla messages, I have to give up following it😦


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