Better approach for announcements, forums?

Wouter Zanen w.zanen at
Tue Jan 3 03:46:02 EST 2017

We are starting to use discourse in our company as a means for
communicating with user groups. No real experiences yet other than
configuring the platform. Discourse offers some appealing options, one
of the best is the option to react directly by mail. So you have the
possibilities of a forum wrapped with the ease of use of an announcement
list. Alternatively you can have categories on the forum completely act
like a announcement list like this one. 
During our market survey it seemed the best (down to earth) solution
for managing our small community of users.

>>> Pablo Pazos <pablo.pazos at> 30/12/2016 18:28 >>>
Personally I don't like one-way communication channels. I prefer to
receive feedback, questions, etc. and leave those questions and answers
open for the community, so others can come in and contribute.

For small communities is better to have few channels, under the same
platform, open and bidirectional.

We are thinking as engineers here, we should think as community
managers and community members.

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 1:26 PM, Bert Verhees <bert.verhees at>

Hi Pablo,

I agree that there are some lists which can be combined to technical,
as you say, technical, implementers and ref_impl_java.
That is indeed over-engineering. 

But I don't agree on the second part because I think announcements must
be read-only, as a courtesy to the announcer.

And another argument, for example, when you offer a small service,
writing archetypes, giving education, or you write a modeling tool, or
even a book, that kind of things, I don't see that fit in a technical or
clinical mailing-list.
It makes it also easy to search the archive for services or products.


Op 30-12-2016 om 15:41 schreef Pablo Pazos:

IMO we are over-engineering things that can be solved by agreeing on a
set of rules. We even have two lists technical and implements and there
might be just one. 

The active members of the community that participate in these channels
is low. Adding more communication channels will just disperse the

We need less channels and usage rules.

On Dec 30, 2016 6:18 AM, "Thomas Beale" <thomas.beale at>

Following from what you and Bert have said, it seems that the following
could make sense:
Foundation announcements list / channel (= openehr-announce list we
have now) 
software / libraries / tools announcements (= web home page news items
with cog icon, also here
( ) 
this includes open source software libs / projects
commercial product offerings - currently we don't really have a way of
doing this, but Industry Partners can post on web home page (factory

I'm not sure what the right approach is, since there are many technical
Marcus Baw has proposed moving to Discourse
(  as a forum platform - maybe this is the
kind of thing we should look at?
- thomas

On 29/12/2016 17:16, Diego Boscá wrote:

Well, we will provide for free a product that was behind a paywall
before (LinkEHR lite was the free version we had, and now the 'basic'
and free version is the equivalent to the past LinkEHR editor). I'm
curious what kind of announcement we could make :) 

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