I wanted to start a general discussion on the forum. How we are going to organize and use it.
We have a couple decisions to make:
Front page - Some are suggesting using the category page as the front page or at least what the forum button links to. It could help as we add more subcategories. I guess this is a good excuse to try a poll.
- Current front page
- Category front page
How many of you are actually getting here through that button. There has to be a better way than that. I generally follow email updates over here. I have not tried the app yet. I saw someone with a desktop link. Let us know if you have any general use advice.
Categories/ Subcategories - Instead of having a pile of top level categories I prefer just having a few. I was thinking I would start adding subcategories for all of the different pieces of hardware. So soon we would have Dev projects/ M2 and Dev projects/ SuperB subcats. We could do the same in general discussion or leave it more general. Any better ideas?
Optional Tags - We are not using these yet. I was thinking it might make sense to tag things by Make, Model, generation and maybe what circuit and hardware you are using.
Dev Post Format - I always liked the way XDA has a culture around keeping the top post updated with the most current info/ summary. I think it helps new users and new devs. If we want something like that now is probably the time to push for it.
Bounty posts - Should we set something like this up? Where we basically crowd fund small projects like adding support for an obscure protocol and whoever figures it out gets the reward. I’ve seen this on a few forums, but it seems like devs often have a hard time collecting from people who promised 5 buck a year ago. Maybe there is an external platform we could use for this. I would also be nice if there was a tipping module, but as far as I know there isn’t.
Let me know if you have any other thoughts on how we can improve the forum experience.