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Re: Suspending Q&A?

From: Jonathan Garbee <jonathan@garbee.me>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:21:54 -0500
Message-ID: <CANQy2y0NxsXiLY8fsVCvskZazim0qzkbLysbHSwXBFCZWtA1SQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
I think that most of the "top" contributions were from discussions on
things that weren't even relevant shortly after launch. Also a lot of
needless replies to things from where no one used the system properly early
on. (i.e. the question thread on what the "best" code editor is.) So we
really should just do a blog post for people saying that the Q&A system is
being suspended for the time being. Tell people where they can go to have
discussions on the content and let people know that when the documentation
is at a point where it is more fixed up (at some milestone down the road)
we will discuss bringing a forum/question system back online for asking
things relating directly to the content.

Of course this should be done after the new issue tracker is up so we can
push that as a place to report content issues.


On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 6:54 PM, Julee Burdekin <jburdeki@adobe.com> wrote:

> Have we really one had 1 question in 2013? Are there any stats? Maybe do
> we want to reach out to some of the top-scoring users (about a dozen or
> less when you exclude those on this thread ;-) )? Let them know and ask
> them to join this list and the IRC? That way, we're closing the channel
> down, not the community.
>
> J
> ----------------------------
> julee@adobe.com
> @adobejulee
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> From: Alex Komoroske <komoroske@google.com>
> Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:43 PM
> To: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
> Cc: "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
> Subject: Re: Suspending Q&A?
> Resent-From: <public-webplatform@w3.org>
> Resent-Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:44 PM
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> On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 3:23 PM, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org> wrote:
>
>> Hi, folks-
>>
>> Garbee had mentioned this before, and I recently heard another suggestion
>> about it.
>>
>> It was my decision to introduce the Q&A/forum feature, and I'd hoped it
>> would be a way to get feedback, but as Garbee pointed out, we arguably have
>> too many ways to provide feedback, and not enough time to process them all.
>>
>> It doesn't paint us in the best light to have a prominent feature that is
>> going neglected while we concentrate on the documentation. And we do need
>> to concentrate on the documentation.
>>
>> We are on the verge of installing and focusing on our issue tracking
>> software, which will replace our bugzilla usage, and will hopefully be
>> better integrated into our whole system, including the wiki commenting
>> extension.
>>
>> I propose that we suspend the Q&A feature for now, until the site is more
>> useful and we have a larger community to help drive it. I feel strongly
>> that once we have compelling documentation, the Q&A feature will be more
>> useful... we can point to our own documentation, or the dabblet, to answer
>> questions.
>>
>> Publicly, we would explain how we are focusing on getting the
>> documentation right first, and that it is a temporary suspension, and it
>> will be reopened when we exit Alpha.
>>
>
>
>> Thoughts?
>>
>
> I'm all for turning it off. I don't think we should explicitly say it's
> temporary and *promise* to turn it back off later; rather, we should say
> noncommittally that we'll *consider* it again later.
>
>>
>> Regards-
>> -Doug
>>
>>
>
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