[development] Proposal: Move all dev support off this list to new StackExchange site

Joel Willers joel.willers at sigler.com
Fri Mar 18 13:50:36 UTC 2011

Although I'm new to Drupal and the list, I think a common problem occurs in most forums.  The elite start it, looking for community.  Newbies need questions answered and find a place where experts hang out.  The newbies swarm, the elites start to leave.  Once the elites are gone, the newbies need to find them again, wherever they went to.  If you post that you have a list for experts, newbies will go there to try and get answers.  It's very difficult to have an area that experts are willing to hang out and simultaneously have newbies get answers.  This list and the support list have been extremely valuable to me.  I can see how it would be annoying to the elite, but frankly, wherever you go, if you make it public, newbies will follow.


p.s. The thing that helped me the most was when people said, "This is for the support list, not the Devel list."  Now I just read and take notes in the Devel list, and if I have problems in implementation, I send it to Support.

-----Original Message-----
From: development-bounces at drupal.org [mailto:development-bounces at drupal.org] On Behalf Of Ronald Ashri
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2011 6:17 AM
To: development at drupal.org
Subject: Re: [development] Proposal: Move all dev support off this list to new StackExchange site

Really like Karen's suggestion - a mailing list is a simple effective
way to stay in touch that most people can agree with and use.

Let us strictly police it so it does not stray and with respect to
David's point about contrib vs core discussions I would say let us
keep it strictly core - in the exact spirit of Core Conversations -
just like the Snowman likes it :-)

On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM, Karen Stevenson <karen at elderweb.com> wrote:
> I think we badly need a list for high-level strategic discussions. There
> have been a couple suggestions about just creating a new list that clearly
> has that purpose rather than trying to find a way to get this list back to
> what that was. What about creating a new list called 'core-conversations'.
> No newbie could ever imagine that was a support list and it is very clear
> what it is for. The core conversations at DrupalCon this year were some of
> the best things about the conference for me and a year-round way of having
> (or at least starting) those conversations would be a great thing for
> Drupal. We could also use it to propose/discuss the strategic initiatives
> that Dries wants to use for future development.
> Karen
> On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 9:58 PM, Angela Byron <drupal-devel at webchick.net>
> wrote:
>> t used to be that this list was for high-level strategical discussions
>> around core/contrib/d.o development, active brainstorming on big problem
>> solving, important announcements that affected CVS (now Git) account
>> holders, and those sort of things. What we currently (badly) use "meta"
>> issues and a variety of fragmented groups on g.d.o for, was what this
>> development list was for at one time. Support questions were directed to the
>> forums or to IRC.

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