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From Alex Harui <aha...@adobe.com>
Subject Re: IRC Channel link on website?
Date Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:19:54 GMT

On 1/10/12 8:40 PM, "Michel Boudreau" <michelboudreau@gmail.com> wrote:

> IRC is a place to go to either discuss the technology, ask
> a consensus among several flex experts or ask questions pertinant to Flex
> that isn't easily accessible through search.  It's a place of discussion,
> not only of Q&A.  In no way should this be a replacement for this mailing
> list, it is only for Flex users to get help on their implementation or ask
> questions related to the tech.
Apache seems to have many successful projects using a projectname-user
mailing list and has conventions for lazy consensus.  It would be my
preference to try their mechanism and see if we get complaints that
something isn't working for folks.
> The content is not searchable, but that's not really the point of it.  If
> you want something that's been asked a thousand times, you can always
> google or look at stackoverflow which has a huge database of all questions
> and their answers.  However, it's very hard to ask more theoretical
> questions or ask a possible solution for a unique situation.  This is why I
> like IRC.
I answer a lot of forum posts and searching is very important.  Even if only
two people in the world have the same question, not having to answer it
again saves me lots of time, so I will likely only spend time helping folks
where there is a searchable archive.
> So, with this said, if this isn't the "official" flex irc channel, what do
> you want me to call it?  Just "Apache Flex Help Channel"? I'm really hoping
> to get it at the very least on the project page so that people can find it
> easily.
Because my preference is to eventually try a projectname-user mailing list,
I would not want any IRC channel associated with Apache Flex at this time.
I don't have any problem with you setting up a channel, even if you want to
call it the "Flex Help Channel".  But I would vote against linking it from
the Apache Flex project page because you are way early:  The Apache Flex
project has no release for folks to use to ask questions about.  Everybody
is still using Adobe Flex and we already have support forums for that.  I
think it is ok for you to promote your channel on those forums.

Alex Harui
Flex SDK Team
Adobe Systems, Inc.

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