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Matthew Baxter-Reynolds (@mbrit) Independent software development consultant, speaker, author, and trainer
Back when .NET v1 was coming out I was lucky enough to be on the pre-release programme. One of the things that we had during that process was really good mailing lists. Smart people discussing deep issues really helped me understand .NET and how to use it.

So why mailing lists?

- Stack Overflow is under-represented on WinRT at the moment. A lot of edge-case questions are being asked there, but it's very hit-and-miss. Plus, Stack Overflow's weakness on long discussions is that the "right" answer breaks the temporal nature of the discussion. It's about the destination, not the journey.

- MSDN Forums are operating like technical support with virtually every question being answered by an Microsoft employee. Which is great, and is probably why Stack Overflow isn't working for WinRT currently.

An so I'm proposing Metro-style Friends, which will be a set of mailing lists that will work in the old-school LISTSERV/Mainman manner. Ultimately (and hopefully quickly) they'll be moderated and properly managed.

I have only set-up one at the moment. Email with the text subscribe msfriends-general in the *body* and you'll be good to go. Let's try having some discussions!

There is now a (part-baked) website to allow signups. Go to and start from there.
Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:15 PM | Back to top

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