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Subject: Introduction to EPICS Core-talk Archive
From: Andrew Johnson <[email protected]>
To: EPICS Core-talk Archive <[email protected]>
Cc: Marty Kraimer <[email protected]>, Bob Dalesio <[email protected]>, [email protected], Eric Norum <[email protected]>, Janet Anderson <[email protected]>, Jeff Hill - LANL <[email protected]>, Timo Kirhonen <[email protected]>, Kay-Uwe Kasemir <[email protected]>, Stephanie Allison <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 13:38:15 -0500
Core-talk is a new searchable email archive, intended primarily for use by the EPICS core developers but accessible to all EPICS users.
We have all kinds of email discussions about internal issues during
development, and these are usually addressed to a limited set of people
who are likely to be interested in the discussion. It is sometimes
necessary to bring someone else into a conversation that has been going on
for some time, and we need to bring that person up to speed on what has
been said so far. It may be that a few weeks or months later we may wish
to refer back to an email conversation that happened, but we never saved
the messages.
If you're like me you save some of these core discussion messages, but not
necessarily all of them, just in case you wanted to get back to them, but
by now your email folders are bulging with a large number of messages
which you're not sure you're ever going to read again. They may contain
interesting and/or important archaeological information though, so you're
reluctant to discard them.
Core-talk is my answer to this. The email address [email protected]
is set up as an email archive engine which is accessible through the EPICS
website. EPICS core developers are encouraged to cc: this address for all
messages associated with EPICS internals and other limited-readership
topics which might be of interest to other developers in the future. If
you do that, you should never need to forward copies of several messages
to someone who got missed out of the cc: list in the earlier parts of a
discussion, you can just refer them to the core-talk archives. If a
message is already going to tech-talk though, there's obviously little
point in also sending it to core-talk.
Core-talk is not a mailing list so you can't subscribe to it, it just does
archiving (I could turn it into one, but I don't think that would be as
useful). We will still be able to limit the immediate readership of our
technical discussions to those people we want feedback from, but we'll end
up with a more open process because we're not excluding others from the
discussions completely.
I'm in two minds whether to seed core-talk from the pile of old messages
that I have saved. It wouldn't be hard to do that from one person's
private archive, but I don't have the tools to exclude the duplicates that
would result from combining a series of developers' histories. Comments
and suggestions are welcome.
I hope you will make use of this facility. Note that I am likely to add
some messages to the archive myself if I receive a copy and I feel they
would be appropriate to appear there, but it's easier if the original
author adds the cc: [email protected] instead.
- Andrew Johnson
--
"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon


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