Hi @GerhardTotschnig I completely agree with your sentiments. What might be useful is to agree a staged game-plan. So I am going to diverge from your view that this forum is not an appropriate place and suggest that we do utilize this forum as a staging post for posters, presentations, and videos from prior workshops — using locked topics so that no discussion can ensue. Until a better solution is developed, that is.
But I am going to be more controversial. I think this community should abandon its wiki and migrate the content from there to this forum. I think the wiki has largely been deserted in any case — aside from coordinating periodic workshops.
The discourse software that runs this forum is flexible and can be configured to serve different roles. It can act more or less act as a mailing list if default notifications are set high. And it can come close to acting as a wiki — but edited using markdown.
Discourse also supports a lot of organizational features. As a site moderator, I try to add or adjust categories and tags to the new topics as they arise. Tags offer a really useful filtering mechanism.
But returning to the staging post idea, the forum software is not intended to replace a file server or a media server. And in the medium term, I personally would like to see that functionality added. But in the short term we can collect and store files here — given that they have appropriate open licenses.
FOSDEM’20, the big open source conference in Brussels, had several sessions and keynotes on open source community building and suitable communication channels. I caught up with several presentations and here is my take on what was discussed:
- anything GitHub
- modern chat (regrettably too often slack which is proprietary)
- emailed newsletters
One breakout session at the Berlin 2020 workshop (which I did not attend) looked at making the openmod materials more user friendly, particularly for new people. That is certainly an unmet need. Perhaps the time has come to form a working group to coordinate and focus these activities. It can be disbanded once complete, at least for this particular iteration. Thoughts?