At 00:35 30-6-2009 -0700, Tim Mann wrote:
Actually, looking at the recent messages, people are still coming there
to ask about the protocol sometimes. Let's keep the group around
and keep a link to it from whatever page(s) we end up having for engine
authors. We should point them to the WinBoard Forum too, though, since
that's more active.
I think that is a very bad idea. I never visited the yahoo chess-engines group,
and do not intend to do so in the future. I want to keep any discussion as
centralized as possible. Even if the developers would always be at both sites,
it would be very undesirable to have disjoint groups of engine authors
discussing without knowing about each other, and each other's proposals.
The usefulness of discussion grows as the square of the number of participants.
It seems unfair to send people to a place where their remarks and proposals
be utterly ignored. So I think it should be clearly specified that if they post
something at yahoo, no one will look at it for months, while if they post
forum, they might have 24-hour service for downloading a new alpha version
implementing their suggestion. Only if every link to yahoo goes accompanied by
such a warning, I would be in favor of including such links,