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From: Michael Vanier <mvanier@b...>
Subject: Re: Newsgroup for Caml?

> Cc: garrigue@kurims.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Jacques Garrigue),
> 	caml-list@inria.fr
>
> I agree that the volume of traffic on the caml-list is close to
> becoming a problem, but I'm not completely happy with the idea of an
> unmoderated newsgroup: in my experience, they *always* fill up with
> spam, off-topic discussions, and other kinds of garbage.  I would
> personally not read such a newsgroup.  

As a counter-example, look at comp.lang.python.  There is very little spam,
and the quality of postings is extremely high.  I suspect that people who
like nice languages like ocaml (and python!) are more likely to be
well-behaved than the average usenet poster :-)  Also, I think it's less
intimidating for beginners like myself to post to a newsgroup with a silly
question than to a mailing list.  comp.lang.ml has always had a strong SML
bias (due, no doubt, to this mailing list providing an alternative forum),
and a very low volume, perhaps due to the moderation.  I would rather see
comp.lang.ml.caml or comp.lang.caml than just redirecting news to
comp.lang.ml; how many of us actually read it?  Also, I fear pointless SML
vs. CAML flame wars might develop if all the caml traffic were to go to
c.l.ml.

However, a "caml-announce" mailing list would be a very good thing.

Mike