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From "matt j. sorenson" <m...@sorensonbros.net>
Subject Re: osqa
Date Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:32:56 GMT
An anecdote on re: manpower applied to a theoretical ASF-hosted alternative

I've been a participant of and observer to the Drupal open source community
for nearly a decade. Drupal version 7 was released, I believe, in March
2011. Drupal.org, the canonical destination for contributions to drupal
along with user forums, and issue queues for contributed projects, is
offline *today* (Halloween 2013), because after ~1.5 years of effort, the
site is finally ready to be upgraded from 6 to 7... all while most
Drupalers are anticipating the major version 8 release.

Why the anecdote? There are troves and hoardes of information and
discussions in hundreds of thousands of lengthy pages within 'D.O.'...
anyone who has performed work on a drupal build out knows that end of the
day feeling of having 47 D.O. tabs open to modules and offensively long
issue pages (to issues unresolved sometimes for years) and forum
discussions, trying to pinpoint the cause and fix for some odd unexpected
behavior.

But there is also, now, and for some time, a drupal.stackexchange site. And
I am finding more and more that the SE site is of increasing value. Better
quality questions and answers, and more often than not... answers above the
fold :D

That's not to say that algorithms to float the more useful content of D.O.
up and sink all the noise to the bottom of the sea (sorry, Robert) could
not be implemented some day... but, would the Drupal infra team tackle that
before or after the upgrade to Drupal 8?!

Just wanted to fill in some of the background re: my perspective
--Matt

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