[development] Drupal Answers: A Stackoverflow/StackExchange site proposal

Randy Fay randy at randyfay.com
Sun Jan 30 21:28:44 UTC 2011

However, providing a venue for support that actually works is something we
really need to set as a high priority.

IMO we could just use issue queues, organized just like you might on Stack
Overflow, with owners of them. Email notifications would work.
Maintainership of a particular queue would work (subscribe to the whole
queue). It fits in with our normal workflow. It moves pure support out of
the issue queues at least some of the time. And we know it works because we
do it all the time.

So I would envision an "Installation Support" issue queue (project), and a
"Site Configuration Support" issue queue, etc. Each with a maintainer or 3.

Surely we can do something like that to get away from the hell that is the

Probably the place for this discussion is over at
http://groups.drupal.org/documentation-team, but I don't mind seeing it go
on here for a little bit.


On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM, Cameron Eagans <cweagans at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think that using Stack Overflow for support is a bad idea.
> I'd much rather see us build a clone of Stack Overflow to put on Drupal.org
> than keep a major support venue offsite.
> Thanks,
> Cameron
> On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 10:05, Ronald Ashri <ronald at istos.it> wrote:
>> I think the stackexchange for Drupal would be a good thing (validates
>> the size and relevancy of Drupal for developers in the big world out
>> there) but it should not be considered a replacement for d.o. forums.
>> Drupal.org needs to be self-sustainable - this validates Drupal's
>> ability to cater, on its own, for its community.
>> ronald.
>> On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 10:18 AM, Stewart Robinson <stewsnooze at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > There has been some chatter on Twitter concerning the future of the
>> > forums on drupal.org.
>> >
>> > I don't want to relight any code wars on keeping it in house or using
>> > external solutions but......
>> >
>> > Here is a well supported stackexchange proposal to provide Drupal
>> > answers. I think this would be an ideal replacement for the Drupal.org
>> > forums.
>> >
>> > http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/2978/drupal-answers
>> >
>> > Please offer your support and commitment to the stackexchange site so
>> > we can help new users more efficiently.
>> >
>> > Any opinions?
>> >
>> > Stewart Robinson
>> > @stewsnooze
>> >

Randy Fay
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