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

Victor Kane victorkane at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 23:01:55 UTC 2011

I guess this is a good place to start: http://area51.stackexchange.com/faq

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 8:00 PM, Victor Kane <victorkane at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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?
> Victor
>> 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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