At FOSDEM, a few of discussed how to proceed with this service. In order to improve the “user experience” on this Discourse instance, there are a few things we would like to tackle first before announcing it widely within our community (list below will be kept up-to-date):
- To push Discourse, we want to “mirror” fsfe.org news items to Discourse and add a “comment” link below the article on fsfe.org. So if people want to discuss the article, they can use Discourse and get used to it.
- Before a larger announcement, we want to add a FAQ about Discourse: Why is Discourse great? How to make it usable via email? Is there a small intro video perhaps?
Change of categories: “Uncategorized” and “Playground” out, instead something like “Meta” Jan makes a few design improvements (see Discourse thread , he already applied some magic)
- Open question: Connect with out LDAP server? Max investigates the pros and cons, but we said that we can also live without it
- Max checks whether the mailing list mode works also only for selected categories
Deadline for a large announcement, e.g. via news item, newsletter and news comments etc shall be end of March.
We have also aggreed that it’s unrealistic/unwanted to turn large mailing lists like translators, discussion and team to Discourse forums, and we don’t want to introduce a duplicated structure. For event planning, new activities or smaller teams, Discourse might be a good option however.
Do you have other ideas how we could improve this service? Please add them in this thread and let’s discuss!