OpenSSL project is considering to close this mailing list

Blumenthal, Uri - 0553 - MITLL uri at
Mon Mar 20 00:09:39 UTC 2023

Count me in - completely agree with Viktor. I’ve created my share of GitHub issues, and in the past contributed a few patches - guess, it means my participation was somewhat useful for the project. 

I practically never participate in somebody else’s GitHub issues. But I did answer a few questions here (and asked a lot more ;). 

If the (idiotic) decision to close  this list does get implemented, I’m probably switch to another library altogether (thank God für Botan and WolfSSL, among others). 

Thanks for listening. 


P.S. Contrary to what Stephen said: if you’re a member of this list and do not want it to go away - please don’t worry about the spam factor and send a “+1” reply back to the list. Otherwise, “they” just won’t get it, it seems. 

> On Mar 19, 2023, at 19:52, Viktor Dukhovni <openssl-users at> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 20, 2023 at 07:20:43AM +1000, Tim Hudson wrote:
>> You should go to and click on Watch now
>> - selecting "All Activity".
> I, for one, am not going to do that.  If someone wants to ask questions
> on Github, they're welcome to get answers from those who are immersed in
> and productive in Github as a communication medium.  It isn't a medium
> that works for me.
>> - if you won't go to GitHub regularly and simply want to see things in
>> email, then you should be watching GitHub issues as you are missing
>> the majority of the interactions
> See above.  I am not looking to participate in all the Github issues, a
> different community of volunteers will help the users who want to ask
> their questions there.  Meanwhile, I'm willing to learn from and
> contribute to the discussion on this list.
>> We are seeking input on this potential change if you are currently
>> actively contributing on openssl-users mailing list discussion and *you*
>> *believe such a change would substantially reduce your participation in*
>> *the project*.
> Yes, such a change would reduce my participation in answering user
> questions or learning from answers given by others.  Ideally, users
> asking for general help (as opposed to reporting bugs, ...) would be
> encouraged to post here, but it seems that's not how those who hang
> out on Github see it.
>> There are people pointing out they prefer email - but the majority of those
>> people who have responded so far are also watching GitHub issues and are
>> also responding to GitHub issues.
> FWIW, I am not among them.  Some Github issues and pull requests are
> brought to my attention, and then I may participate in *that* Github
> issue or pull request, but otherwise, I can be found here and not on
> Github, unless directly pinged on a specific issue or PR.
> -- 
>    Viktor.
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