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Should there be an Askbot developers discussion forum?

asked 2012-04-27 07:37:58 -0500

powlo gravatar image

In trying to develop stuff for askbot I would like to ask questions about certain aspects of the code. "Where is this field used?", "Why is this parameter left unset until here?" and that kind of thing.

It seems that many people are posting such questions here, but my feeling is that that isn't something I want to do. The kind of discussions I envisage have no "right" answer that can be voted up or down; it's a discussion that has a flow, and that flow shouldn't be fragmented by group weighting.

This highlights the difference between a Q&A site ("What's the best treatment for atheletes foot") vs a forum ("What are your thoughts on Obama's presidency?")

I would therefore rather see a forum for askbot coders. Perhaps divided into development and deployment. I'm sure other categories could be devised.

Your thoughts?

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To be clear - I prefer to have just one site for the developer discussions and support of DYI users.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2012-04-27 10:27:57 -0500 )edit

DYI? Did you mean DIY users?

powlo gravatar imagepowlo ( 2012-04-27 10:56:02 -0500 )edit

We will make categories, but they will be based on tags. It is a bit awkward to change the urls to the scheme you are suggesting, as we have url for example - "badges" - with the scheme you are suggesting category "badges" would be impossible.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2012-04-27 14:26:50 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-04-27 10:26:16 -0500

Evgeny gravatar image

Maybe there is a point in that, but right now there is not too much activity here to separate out the discussions.

For now we can tag certain threads as "discussion".

It is possible to keep discussions in the comments, but I agree it is not as convenient to follow a discussion split under several answers and the original post. There may be room for some feature for the discussions, but I would not like to complicate the user interface for the sake of adding this feature.

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What I really had in mind was that we use an alternative "forum" app for developer discussions, rather than integrating something into the site.

powlo gravatar imagepowlo ( 2012-04-27 10:52:55 -0500 )edit

re: putting topic in the url - it is a good idea, the question is how to implement it without breaking existing functions. Btw - this discussion is off-topic in this thread.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2012-04-27 14:32:00 -0500 )edit

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