What is the Ruby Talk Gateway?
[Update: The Ruby Gateway was retired in June of 2011. Our community simply grew past the point were we needed to combine the various groups, in my opinion.]
The Ruby community makes use of both email and Usenet communication, in addition to other resources. The primary mailing list is Ruby Talk and the primary Usenet group is comp.lang.ruby. These two services are joined by the Ruby Gateway.
In 2001 The Pragmatic Programmers wrote the initial version of the Ruby Gateway to ferry messages back and forth between these two resources. Emails sent to Ruby Talk are posted as Usenet messages and Usenet posts are forwarded to Ruby Talk by the Gateway. The Gateway has had a few guardians and code changes since then, but the functionality remains the same.
I'm am the current caretaker of the Ruby Gateway. Highgroove Studios generously provides hosting for it and I monitor the system for problems. I also wrote the current version of the Gateway.
You are free to report Gateway problems for me to look into. Before you do though, please read the following notes:
- I rewrote the entire Gateway after I assumed control of it. My code was deployed on December 4th, 2006, so anything before that is history. If you raise issues, please make sure they involve posts after that date.
- I now have very detailed logs on everything the Gateway does, so please be specific. For example, please send me links to exact messages that appeared on one side of the Gateway, but not the other.
- Our Usenet host does not allow us to post HTML emails (multipart/alternative). This is not changing. These messages are not supported. (Yes, that means you should not be sending HTML email to Ruby Talk.)
- Our Gateway is an NNTP ↔ email Gateway. There has been at least one instance of a Usenet post using ancient header formatting predating NNTP. These messages are not supported.