Static HTML email archive viewer in Rust
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Date:   Sat, 20 Nov 2021 10:08:34 -0800

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diff --git a/ b/ @@ -1,6 +1,30 @@ # crabmail + +Simple, readonly mailing list archive. + An html mail archive, written in Rust. Similar to [Hypermail]( +## Why? + +Despite decades of technological development, mailing lists persist as part of +the internet's infrastructure. Projects such as python, Go, postgresql, Linux, +etc, all rely on self-hosted mailing lists for their development. Mailing lists +are stable, persistent, and open to all. If you use a mailing list, you don't +have to worry about a platform closing, removing a key feature, or taking +actions that are against your values. Mailing lists are simple and based on +open standards, and email has enormous existing software infrastructure to +support it. Even in 2021, for many use cases, there exists no better +alternative to email and mailing lists. + +Unfortunately, mailing lists have fallen out of popularity, and many people are +trying to reinvent solutions to problems that mailing lists already solve. In +my view, the problem is that, in many cases, there aren't very many good, +modern options for mailing list software. Existing mailing list archives are +extremely old, largely unmaintained, and lack certain key features. More +"modern" mailing lists, like Discourse, are enormously complex and dificult to +self-host. Crabmail is built for simplicity, ease of hosting, and longevity. + + THIS IS VERY EARLY IN DEVELOPMENT! Probably you don't want to work on this until it is more complete