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As you may have noticed in the past year or so, activity has decreased on scala-language (e.g., only 2 new threads in January '17, down from 6 new threads in January '16, and 16 new threads in January '15). While there are many reasons for this, it is likely due to the emergence of several alternative channels that tend to be more convenient to use than this list. Along with the downtick in activity on scala-language, we've seen an uptick over many months on the many specialized gitter channels, in various GtiHub repositories, as well as in our https://contributors.scala-lang.org Discourse forum/mailing list.
While scala-language and the other specialized mailing lists (scala-debate, scala-internals, and scala-sips) have served us well pre-GitHub move, pre-Gitter, the coordination of different parts of Scala have moved to different channels, and conversations are happening in numerous other places than this list.
For that reason, we have removed signups to scala-language, and in coming weeks we will shift scala-language to read-only. (We will do the same for a handful of other mailing lists such as scala-internals, scala-debate, and scala-sips). All conversations will remain archived on Google Groups. The intended replacement for these lists is the https://contributors.scala-lang.org Discourse forum/mailing list. So please head over there and sign up if you're interested in participating in discussions that previously belonged on scala-internals, scala-sip, scala-debate, and scala-language.
As of now, these are the recommended channels for discussing Scala:
Mailing list/forum: * Scala Contributors: https://contributors.scala-lang.org/ - a central place for lasting, threaded discussions related to; development work on the Scala compiler, Scala Improvement Proposal discussions (proposals for changes to the language or compiler), Scala Platform discussions, or debates/discussions typically found on scala-debate or scala-language. There are tags for each of these topics in Discourse, so it's possible to subscribe to only a subset of these topics.
Discourse is set up to be used in mailing list mode. That is, you receive discussions to your inbox, and can reply to them via email. It's also a forum that gives all kinds of statistics, upvoting, and polls. You can do syntax highlighting etc, and posts can be written in Markdown.
Please don't use gitter for community-wide discussions that are meant to be persisted. Gitter is best for ephemeral discussions, quick questions, chats, sanity checks, etc. If you want to promote a topic for community-wide discussion that was hatched in a Gitter chat, please do so in Scala Contributors. While Gitter is indexed by Google, finding points made in Gitter tends to be difficult amongst all of the other chats/jokes/etc that tend to take place there. Thus, arguments or posts meant to be persisted belong on Scala Contributors.