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From Nicholas Chammas <nicholas.cham...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Discourse: A proposed alternative to the Spark User list
Date Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:55:33 GMT
I think a few things need to be laid out clearly:

   1. This mailing list is the “official” user discussion platform. That
   is, it is sponsored and managed by the ASF.
   2. Users are free to organize independent discussion platforms focusing
   on Spark, and there is already one such platform in Stack Overflow under
   the apache-spark and related tags. Stack Overflow works quite well.
   3. The ASF will not agree to deprecating or migrating this user list to
   a platform that they do not control.
   4. This mailing list has grown to an unwieldy size and discussions are
   hard to find or follow; discussion tooling is also lacking. We want to
   improve the utility and user experience of this mailing list.
   5. We don’t want to fragment this “official” discussion community.
   6. Nabble is an independent product not affiliated with the ASF. It
   offers a slightly better interface to the Apache mailing list archives.

So to respond to some of your points, pzecevic:

Apache user group could be frozen (not accepting new questions, if that’s
possible) and redirect users to Stack Overflow (automatic reply?).

>From what I understand of the ASF’s policies, this is not possible. :( This
mailing list must remain the official Spark user discussion platform.

Other thing, about new Stack Exchange site I proposed earlier. If a new
site is created, there is no problem with guidelines, I think, because
Spark community can apply different guidelines for the new site.

I think Stack Overflow and the various Spark tags are working fine. I don’t
see a compelling need for a Stack Exchange dedicated to Spark, either now
or in the near future. Also, I doubt a Spark-specific site can pass the 4
tests in the Area 51 FAQ <http://area51.stackexchange.com/faq>:

   - Almost all Spark questions are on-topic for Stack Overflow
   - Stack Overflow already exists, it already has a tag for Spark, and
   nobody is complaining
   - You’re not creating such a big group that you don’t have enough
   experts to answer all possible questions
   - There’s a high probability that users of Stack Overflow would enjoy
   seeing the occasional question about Spark

I think complaining won’t be sufficient. :)

Someone expressed a concern that they won’t allow creating a
project-specific site, but there already exist some project-specific sites,
like Tor, Drupal, Ubuntu…

The communities for these projects are many, many times larger than the
Spark community is or likely ever will be, simply due to the nature of the
problems they are solving.

What we need is an improvement to this mailing list. We need better tooling
than Nabble to sit on top of the Apache archives, and we also need some way
to control the volume and quality of mail on the list so that it remains a
useful resource for the majority of users.

Nick
​

On Wed Jan 21 2015 at 3:13:21 PM pzecevic <petar.zecevic@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I tried to find the last reply by Nick Chammas (that I received in the
> digest) using the Nabble web interface, but I cannot find it (perhaps he
> didn't reply directly to the user list?). That's one example of Nabble's
> usability.
>
> Anyhow, I wanted to add my two cents...
>
> Apache user group could be frozen (not accepting new questions, if that's
> possible) and redirect users to Stack Overflow (automatic reply?). Old
> questions remain (and are searchable) on Nabble, new questions go to Stack
> Exchange, so no need for migration. That's the idea, at least, as I'm not
> sure if that's technically doable... Is it?
> dev mailing list could perhaps stay on Nabble (it's not that busy), or have
> a special tag on Stack Exchange.
>
> Other thing, about new Stack Exchange site I proposed earlier. If a new
> site
> is created, there is no problem with guidelines, I think, because Spark
> community can apply different guidelines for the new site.
>
> There is a FAQ about creating new sites: http://area51.stackexchange.
> com/faq
> It says: "Stack Exchange sites are free to create and free to use. All we
> ask is that you have an enthusiastic, committed group of expert users who
> check in regularly, asking and answering questions."
> I think this requirement is satisfied...
> Someone expressed a concern that they won't allow creating a
> project-specific site, but there already exist some project-specific sites,
> like Tor, Drupal, Ubuntu...
>
> Later, though, the FAQ also says:
> "If Y already exists, it already has a tag for X, and nobody is
> complaining"
> (then you should not create a new site). But we could complain :)
>
> The advantage of having a separate site is that users, who should have more
> privileges, would need to earn them through Spark questions and answers
> only. The other thing, already mentioned, is that the community could
> create
> Spark specific guidelines. There are also  'meta' sites for asking
> questions
> like this one, etc.
>
> There is a process for starting a site - it's not instantaneous. New site
> needs to go through private beta and public beta, so that could be a
> drawback.
>
>
> Like btiernay, I must say: there might be something about Apache projects
> and mailing lists that I do not know, so excuse me if that is the case...
>
>
>
>
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