After my recent failure of gaining traction to get people to join a potential Okular Virtual Sprint i wondered, is the okular-devel mailing list representative of the current okular contributors?
Looking at the sheer number of subscribers one would think that probably. There's currently 128 people subscribed to the okular-devel mailing list, and we definitely don't have that many contributors, so it would seem the mailing list is a good place to reach all the contributors, but let's look at the actual numbers.
Okular git repo has had 46 people contributing code[*] in the last year.
Only 17% of those are subscribed to the okular-devel mailing list.
If we count commits instead of commiters, the number raises to 65% but that's just because I account for more than 50% of the commits, if you remove myself from the equation the number drops to 28%.
If we don't count people that only commited once (thinking that they may not be really interested in the project), the number is still at only 25% of commiters and 30% of commits (ignoring me again) subscribed to the mailing list.
So it would seem that the answer is leaning towards "no, i can't use okular-devel to contact the okular developers".
But if not the mailing list? What am i supposed to use? I don't see any other method that would be better.
[*] Yes I'm limiting contributors to git commiters at this point, it's the only thing i can easily count, i understand there's more contributions than code contributions