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Author: Jake Bauer <>
Date:   Sat,  6 Jun 2020 15:29:19 -0400

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diff --git a/pages/blog/ b/pages/blog/ @@ -0,0 +1,53 @@ +## Why Email is the Best Discussion Platform + +[//]: # "META_TEXT" + +[//]: # "main.min.css" + +[//]: # + +<div class="byline"> +<b>Written By:</b> Jake Bauer | + <b>Posted:</b> [DATE] | + <b>Last Updated:</b> [DATE] +</div> + +Lots of very vocal people online advocate moving discussion platforms for free +and open source projects from email to another platform such as Discourse or +Slack citing that these platforms are "more modern" or "easier to use". For the +most part, I understand where they're coming from. To them, email seems like an +archaic platform where you can't embed images, it's not completely synchronous, +and I honestly couldn't think of a third thing... + +I get it. These platforms are perhaps more inviting because of a friendly UI, +these platforms support images, GIFs, emoji, and it all runs in the browser +which is where everything else is seemingly done nowadays. The problem is that +these features really aren't necessary and they rarely improve discussions which +could otherwise happen, and work just fine, over email. + +Historically, and still to this day, many free and open source software projects +use a combination of email and IRC for their communications. Email is the +asynchronous platform where decisions can be announced, questions can be asked +no matter who is online, and there can be an open, infinite public record of +discussions and questions which can be freely searched by anybody (mailing list +software typically preserves all the messages and they can be viewed online). +IRC is the synchronous, ephemeral platform where developers and users can go to +hash out quick discussions, provide quick support to users, and generally hang +out like one would in a Slack channel. + +The biggest problem with these so called "modern" platforms is that they're +actually a regression from what already exists. Platforms such as Slack and +Discord are walled gardens requiring account creation, Discourse is better yet +you still have to access it through a web browser and those who wish to use +their own clients are treated as second-class citizens. When using services such +as Slack and others which use analytics, users have to be conscious that they +are effectively being monitored by these proprietary companies all the time. + +[[people respond faster]] + +[[easy to hop into voice chat]] + +_This is my thirty-seventh post for the +[#100DaysToOffload]( +challenge. You can learn more about this challenge over at +[](