[wp-hackers] Wordpress StackExchange is ready.

eric at eamann.com eric at eamann.com
Wed Jun 2 18:47:53 UTC 2010

>>I don't think we should support it from
wordpress.org and should develop our own solution instead.
Why reinvent the wheel?  There's a solution that exists that is fairly popular
that we can use.  Why not see how implementing this solution works before
investing the time required to build our own?
I agree that SO can be a little daunting to learn at first.  Then again, every
piece of community software has its distinct learning curve.  It took me months
to figure out how to use the wordpress.org forums effectively ... and I'm still
learning how to interact with codex (beyond merely searching for information).

On June 2, 2010 at 6:41 PM Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 1:27 PM, eric at eamann.com <eric at eamann.com> wrote:
> > I've been using the wordpress.org forums ever since I started using
> > WordPress.
> > I asked questions that went unanswered.  I answered questions that seemed
> > stale
> > and forgotten by the community.  But all the while, the "answer" and
> > "support"
> > feeling of the forums was missing.  It's a great place to have a
> > conversation on
> > a topic, but if I'm looking for a specific answer, it's the last place I go.
> I agree with this, however that's why I'm saying that changes need to
> be made. But switching to something like StackExchange is not the
> solution. If some people want to try it out, more power to them. But I
> agree with Jane in thinking that it's a bad idea that will do nothing
> but cause fragmentation. I don't think we should support it from
> wordpress.org and should develop our own solution instead.
> I will certainly not be participating on StackExchange, mainly because
> I still can't actually figure out how the stupid site actually works.
> It seems to reward ignorance as best I can tell, because I'm seeing
> tons of blatantly incorrect answers being very highly rated (I think
> that's what the numbers mean, anyway.. it's so difficult to tell).
> There's tons of spam, and frankly I find the whole thing confusing and
> more than a little annoying. How does anybody get anything done there?
> > What I'm trying to say, though, is that there's a need for both.  We need a
> > question/answer site and we need a community forum.  Trying to fill both
> > needs
> > with one solution is a flawed strategy from the get-go, and you'll always
> > end up
> > with people in both camps claiming the others' efforts are misguided.
> I disagree with that completely. You can do both in one place. There's
> no reason that the forums can't accomplish the goal. The fact that
> they don't currently accomplish that goal proves nothing more than
> they need to change.
> -Otto
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