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

Ryan LeTulle bayousoft at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 19:07:10 UTC 2011

Just my insignificant .02:

As a relatively new (about a year) Drupal developer and a long time
Microsoft programmer/supporter turned open source advocate I would be
totally turned off by any .NET/Microsoft involvement whatsoever.


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On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM, Justin Ellison <justin at techadvise.com>wrote:

> I was going to keep quiet on this one, but Scott's mail spurred me to back
> him up.  I'm pretty sure I'm the one that started the Area51 link being
> passed around twitter.  I think the StackExchange site is an excellent idea,
> but I knew that the conversation would quickly become "we could do it
> ourselves with modules X, Y, and Z".
> Drupal is a swiss army knife.  However, if I have to chop down a tree and
> have my swiss army knife sitting right next to my chainsaw (that was built
> specifically to chop down trees), which one will I pick up?  Just because I
> *can* use my knife doesn't mean I *should*.
> With my background in the sysadmin world, we're often preaching using the
> best tool for the job, and I think that mantra is being overlooked here.
> I understand the that the idea of having a .NET site run any part of
> something endorsed by d.o is a bit unsettling, but you can't deny how cheap
> it would be.  It costs little to no time, no custom module needs built, and
> it will cost zero in terms of infrastructure.
> All the hard work is already done wrt the StackExchange setup, all it needs
> now are committals from the community to use it.  Why not at least help push
> it forward just to see how it's received by the community?  If nothing else,
> use the StackExchange site as a pilot/prototype, assess its strengths and
> shortcomings, then develop a homegrown solution to succeed it?
> The bottom line here is that it will take very little effort to get the
> StackExchange site up and running, and I don't think anyone here would argue
> that what we have right now is better than what the StackExchange site would
> provide.
> I should clarify that I'm not dead set on the idea either, and I'm not
> saying I'm right.  These are just questions and ideas of mine that no one
> else has brought up.  If you think I'm completely off base, please tell me
> why.
> Justin
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 12:04 PM, Scott Reynen <
> scott at makedatamakesense.com> wrote:
>> ...
> And that sounds a lot like what the Drupal community has been working hard
>> to improve the last few years, so this might be a good opportunity to push
>> that even further.
>> --
>> Scott Reynen
>> MakeDataMakeSense.com
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