Mailing lists are used for some of the FlightGear community's communications, in particular among the core developers who are working on the flight simulator itself.
Some questions are better asked on the mailing list instead of the forum. You do not strictly have to be a core developer to subscribe and/or post to the mailing lists.
The mailing lists
Some of the lists are for discussions while some only contain announcements.
|List (flightgear-…)||Contents||Archive||Subscribe||Email address||Remarks|
|bugs||FlightGear Bug Trackeremail@example.com|
|builds||Chatter from the FlightGear build firstname.lastname@example.org|
|commitlogs||Source code change commit email@example.com|
|cvslogs||CVS commit log firstname.lastname@example.org|
|devel||FlightGear developer email@example.com||Most active list|
|fgaddon-commitlogs||Commit log message for the fgaddon repository (content developers)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|flightmodel||Flight model email@example.com|
|newsletter||FlightGear newsletter announcements and firstname.lastname@example.org|
|scenery||Discussion of Scenery development: code, tools, GIS data, models, email@example.com|
|users||FlightGear user firstname.lastname@example.org||Mostly replaced by the forum|
How to subscribe to a mailing list
To sign up for one of the above mailing lists following these steps:
- Click a subscribe link in the list above to get to the form where you sign up for that list.
- Add your email address and pick a password, then click the Subscribe button.
- If you want to instantly see responses, do not choose 'daily digest'. This option can be changed at any time.
- Wait for a confirmation email (usually within 10 seconds, and a few minutes max). It can often be found in your spam folder. Then click on the link in that message.
- Select your settings.
- At the bottom there are two buttons, one to cancel the process the other to subscript. Click on the correct button.
- This step is often forgotten!
When you are subscribing to most of the mailings list you can post messages freely. You might be kicked off if you bring conflicts or noise, though.
Discuss your problem laying it out in as much detail you can and show that you are interested in the problem. If you are willing to work on it will also help, even if it is not related to coding itself. If your discussion is more than just asking for features to be added you have a better chance of getting help and you may find people there who can give you pointers on how to approach your problem.
Keep in mind that many of the lists are slower than the forum and that responses may take several days. Should it take more than a week you might want to probe the interest by responding to your own message. Sometimes you will simply find there is none.
Posting to a mailing list without subscribing
Subscribing is not strictly necessary to send emails. Your post may be significantly delayed if you are not subscribed though. E-mails from addresses which are not subscribed to the list are held for moderator approval before they are posted.
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