Is Vanilla the end of mailing lists?
From what I can see, the dominant (maybe only) way developers collaborate on a project is by a mailing list. If a forum is available too, the developers do not access it, and stick to their mailbox. The main reason for this, I believe, is that they do not want to have to visit several places to get their information. Some developers also prefer that their information be presented in isolation from "distractions" that might be found on the web.
Vanilla does have functionality that allows integration of a mailing list.
1) Considering all the benefits that Vanilla offers for discussions, how do you think we can persuade people who ordinarily use mailing lists to move to Vanilla?
2) For those who have integrated mailing lists into Vanilla, can some of the nice functionality in Vanilla be accessed when the discussions are only viewed in a mail client, like gmail or Thunderbird? For example, is ranking / sorting of posts by popularity possible?
3) (I have seen one project discussion where the back end is just a mailing list and this mailing list is forwarded to Drupal Advanced Forum. I wonder whether it might be better to make the back end Vanilla Forum and then have the posts also forwarded by e-mail.)