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Re: Purpose of IRC and Q&A

From: Chris Mills <cmills@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:09:33 +0100
Cc: Tony Crockford <tonyc@boldfish.co.uk>, public-webplatform@w3.org
Message-Id: <47E7AB02-2EAF-4067-9934-A9328270C965@opera.com>
To: Michael Del Tito <mdeltito@gmail.com>
On 12 Oct 2012, at 02:50, Michael Del Tito <mdeltito@gmail.com> wrote:

> We really have three types of questions being discussed here:
> 	 meta -  these questions would be about site operations, guidelines, site functionality, etc
> "Is anyone working on reviewing [WPD_URL]?"
> 	 general - questions related to the documentation and other content provided on the site
> "How would I use HTML's Target attribute to open in a new window?"
> 	 support - specific questions about a single individual's code, use-case, or implementation 
> "Why is my feature X not working?" or "How would I do X in Rails?"

Yup, for sure. And the third type is exactly the type we want to discourage, for sanity's sake ;-)

> I think Paul's points re: IRC hold true for the Q&A section as well. Stack Overflow caters (in large part) to support questions, and I don't see that type of discussion being productive here based on my understanding of the site's goals. 
> I also think the guidelines for IRC and Q&A should be exactly the same, and that this should be made clear "at the door." If we can define and agree-upon the "types" of questions that we see being posed, then I think we should draft some guidelines and have both mediums follow them. 

I'm not sure I agree. I have made a slight distinction at http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/WPD:Keeping_on_Topic because I think discussing dev questions that would make good documentation is much better done on the Q&A, as it is easier to find the history and follow the thread.

> It seems that #webplatform-site is currently serving as a "dev" or "meta" IRC channel. IMO this seems like a reasonable separation, but it's something we should also consider/define.

Yeah, I think we are planning on shutting this down a few of use don't see why need both, now that we have significantly reduced the scope of what we want to discuss on IRC.
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