Up until today, we only had an “internal” mailing list for developers with JCAs on file. Mostly for the reason so everyone knows that when code comes from members of this list, it is safe to be incorporated into the codebase. (release coordination another hot item)
However, we no longer require JCAs for SharpDevelop 5 and beyond (license change info). We mulled the options of opening up the existing list, or creating a new one. Because the existing members might not want to see the extra traffic, we decided that it would be better to invite everyone – existing contributors as well as new and prospective ones – to join on their terms.
The sign up for the mailing list can be found at this URL:
What do we expect to see as topics? For one, we think it is extraordinarily important to have a platform to discuss ideas: be it to see if this is something that is generally considered a good idea, whether it has been discussed before, or if someone is already working on it (duplication of work can be avoided). Alas, if you are working on bug fixes or new features, and have questions about the architecture, the testing philosophy and about anything on the internal design, this is the place to go.