“It’s 2022. Why hasn’t someone done it already!?", I find exclaiming frequently when stumbling upon things and ideas that are relatively simple and so obvious that they should exist, but for some reason, don’t. It is frequently about software, occasionally about physical things, and once in a while, about an organisation that focuses on a certain cause that really ought to exist. It is of course not about hard problems like cold fusion or disease and poverty eradication, but things like … a mailing list manager.
The impetus for me to start working on listmonk in 2019 was frustration and surprise, as is the case with the genesis of many FOSS (Free and Open Source) hobby projects. At work, we had exhausted all available open source options for a self-hosted mailing list manager. Whatever was available, was dated, resource hungry, and non-performant. More than frustration, it was immense surprise from this train of thought:
It really did not make sense that multiple good implementations of such a universal, ubiquitous, non-rocket-science tool did not exist. I retrospected and searched for similar bafflements and examples were everywhere.