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Postgres mailing list traffic over time

posted on Nov 26, 2008
tags: culture growth introspection mailing list postgres
categories: postgres postgresql

Code vs. Docs

Graph by Magnus Hagander

Spurred on by Bruce's recent blog post, I spotted a fun thread on pgsql-general:

http://archives.postgresql.org/pgsql-general/2008-11/msg01026.php

A few core contributors have been examining their archives and speculating why it is that some feel that they can't keep up with mailing list traffic as well as they used to.

Reasons tossed around included:

Out came the graphs! Tom Lane kicked things off initially with a plot of mailing list messages since 1998:

Tom Lane

I shared one of Magnus' graphs about Code vs. Documentation at the top. There are several more graphs shared in that thread that are worth checking out, along with pointers to resources like MarkMail, graphs from Ron Mayer, and Ohloh. Enjoy!


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