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On 28 April 2013 20:22, GrayFace <> wrote:
That is a thing that makes me question it. Forking is a great aspect of mailing lists that's missing on forums. On regular forums offtopic turns topics into a mess. On stackoverflow I don't see offtopic. I'm a noob there, so I don't know how things go with it, but I suspect that it's not flourishing into new discussions as easily as on a mailing list.

No, it doesn't. But you  - like others in this thread - seem to be assuming it's StackOverflow XOR mailing-list, and it's not. It's Stackoverflow AND mailing-liust

Each have pros and cons

1) Split the community. I suspect there wouldn't be many people who regularly post on both ..ehm..'forums'.

I wouldn't bet on it. I'm a single-data-point for the opposite. And Lua questions already exist on SO, so the split, if it was to happen, has happened (and there's nothing much that can be done about that, since you can't stop lua questions on SO - not that there is any reason to do so).
Announcements on mailing list won't reach stackexchange exclusive audience. I haven't seen stackexchange used for announcements, but posting announcements there as well as on the list might be an option.

Nope. Stackoverflow isn't for that. It makes me think that many of the people objecting to StackOverflow don't actually know much about it... Annoucements belong on the list. Stackoverflow isn't a replacement for a language's mailing list and doesn't try to be. It's a Q&A site.
2) Drive some new people to the community, on stackexchange side.

Unlikely that creating a would do that. Having more people from this list also imvolved on the main StackOverflow would (in my opinion) be  a plus.

BTW, another option is to put a link to as one of places for discussion on the Lua site.

That's a good idea.