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

Victor Kane victorkane at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 23:00:37 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 6:57 PM, Josh Koenig <josh at getpantheon.com> wrote:

> Stew,
> Thanks for starting this thread. This is important stuff:
> http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/2978/drupal-answers
> I want to put my support behind this proposal and explain my thinking in
> doing so.
> The Drupal community is already growing faster than Drupal's infrastructure
> can easily support. With the release of D7 and all the other associated
> projects getting off the ground, drupal.org is increasingly often a
> bottleneck or blocker. We have wonderful hosts from OSUOSL, but the human
> resources needed to develop, maintain and manage our own infrastructure
> (which is a 24x7x365 job) are limited.
> We have to pick our battles. I much would rather see energy, effort,
> attention and money poured into continuing to improve our git and module
> infrastructure — which is much more deeply intrinsic to the health and
> future of the project — and accept that even though we *can* build our own
> StackOverflow (@eaton proved this already) that doesn't necessarily mean
> it's the best use of limited resources, or the best thing for the project.
> Drupal can theoretically/technically solve a lot of its own problems, but I
> think we often suffer from a "not built here" prejudice as a result. In the
> realm of getting good quality answers to Drupal questions out to the most
> people possible, I can't see how a StackExchange site would do anything but
> help. I would love to see the community embrace something really cool and
> useful from the wider Internet as a way to promote the project.
You make a convincing argument Josh; my own gut feeling has been, reading
this thread, "how can we delegate something so important to the Drupal
Community as its own documentation to another party who may or may not exist
in the near/medium/long term".

Can someone inform somewhat on who these guys are? And why there and not
someplace else?


> Finally, I should say that I *do not* think a StackExchange answers site
> replaces anything. It's not an issue queue, and it's not a replacement for
> the dialogue that exist in the forums. I would say it's a new resource,
> something that can help the 10s of 1000s of people who will be trying to
> wrap their mind around Drupal in the coming year.
> Cheers
> -josh
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