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CPAN support mailing lists

by rvosa (Curate)
on Sep 06, 2005 at 14:03 UTC ( #489502=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
rvosa has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Dear monks,

I would like to start a mailing list for a cpan module I'm developing/maintaining. Do you have any recommendations where to start such a list? What do people normally do?



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Re: CPAN support mailing lists
by jmcnamara (Monsignor) on Sep 06, 2005 at 14:19 UTC

    Each module on CPAN now has a forum page that can be used for discussions.

    Alternatively, you could set up a Google Group.

    I use both but I prefer the latter.


      It looks like the forum page is used as a last resort, and not something that people will use as general place for usage discussion. Are Google groups web forums? I'm basically looking for a place that hosts those gnu/mailman mailing lists.

        Google Groups has a web interface but it also functions like a mailing list and subscribers can set the type of delivery that the want such as Full, Daily Digest, Weekly Digest, etc.

        It also has nice built-in searching (as you can imagine :-)) and posting stats and management. Here is one of mine.

        It works for me but you may prefer a real mailing list.


Re: CPAN support mailing lists
by Courage (Parson) on Sep 06, 2005 at 16:34 UTC
    that was easy (at least in my case) - I went to, clicked "mailing lists" there, and clicked on a link to create a list, and it was created quite quickly.

    Well, not exactly *that* easy - a link was broken, I wrote a letter to point this out, and mailing list for CPAN module that I maintain (Tcl::Tk) was created very quickly with a kind help of Ask Bjoern

    Just try it, people there are very helpful!


      ...erm... where exactly? I can't seem to be able to find the link to create a list.

        Under "The Perl Community section", a link called "mail lists". Click on this and on the page that comes up click "Submit New List" on the left.
        Hope this helps.

        ... after all, I wrote to several e-mails from that page and Ask Bjorn replied himself, yet he noticed that I wrongfully specified some of mail addresses :):)

        All in all, you should write to him directly:


Re: CPAN support mailing lists
by gellyfish (Monsignor) on Sep 06, 2005 at 14:37 UTC

    You have a number of options, Google Groups as John suggested or perhaps starting a project on sourceforge which will host project mailling lists for you, Some ISPs offer the facility to host a mailling list, or you can host it yourself on an inexpensive virtual server or co-lo machine (or persuade a friend with such a facility to do it for you). People do all of these things and more.


Re: CPAN support mailing lists
by jplindstrom (Monsignor) on Sep 06, 2005 at 14:34 UTC
    I use Yahoo Groups for a number of projects. Mailing lists with archive, file area, polls etc.

    The down-side is the random spam attempts (Bangalore related job offerings mostly *sigh*), which means it's a good idea to configure the list to keep new subscribers moderated, and then allow them to post after they send their first on-topic e-mail.

    Other than that, it's a great service.


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