New functionality has been enabled that allows logged-in users to highlight interesting mailing list discussions. This new feature has been provided out of necessity, as I'm finding myself with insufficient time of late for keeping up with the many mailing lists I track to post articles on KernelTrap. My goal is to inspire you to participate more in the process, occasionally clicking the new up-arrow on mailing list messages that you find interesting and worthy of attention. In the upcoming weeks, improved interfaces will be provided for navigating other people's votes, and for filtering on only the mailing lists you're interested in. Future KernelTrap stories and quotes will be selected from those that are highlighted by this voting process.
KernelTrap remains a hobby that I very much enjoy, but of late I find I have less time to focus on it. Spending an hour or two a day reading through mailing lists often leaves me with no time to then write articles about the interesting threads I've found. My Linux Kernel mailing list inbox alone has over 12,500 unread messages in it as of today, and I continue to fall farther and farther behind. These new voting interfaces aim to address this shortage of time, allowing me to focus more of my time on writing articles.
Going forward, I plan to focus on improving the online mailing list interfaces, making it easier to read the many mailing lists from these pages, and to use them to highlight interesting mailing list discussions. I welcome all suggestions on any improvements you can suggest toward this end!
Some plans that I have include:
Currently voting on interesting mailing list messages requires you to be logged in. Is there value in providing this ability to anonymous users, too? What other changes would you recommend to improve this functionality?