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From "Mario Emmenlauer (Jira)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (THRIFT-5113) Web-based developer and user chat?
Date Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:50:00 GMT


Mario Emmenlauer commented on THRIFT-5113:

[~ctubbsii] I can relate to what you say about the danger of fracturing the community with
too many communication platforms. This is contrary to my intentions.

I can also understand that certain policies are in place by i.e. Apache that need to be respected.

However I'd like to express a concern about the current outside presentation of the project.
I'm under the impression that thrift is not as approachable as it could be. I've personally
made the experience on various occasions how challenging it can be to engage with the project.
Foremost, the documentation is scattered or non-existing. I stared off of the outdated Javadocs
at [] that seem largely unmaintained. I
don't know whether there are policies in place that limit the options for publishing auto-generated
API docs for thrift. But I've seen with some frustration that up-to-date docs can be generated
with the build for various thrift languages, but they are just not published. It was almost
a year after my first start with thrift that I "discovered" the doc artifacts in the build
system. I've now opened THRIFT-5112 in the hope that the auto-generated API documentation
would be put up on an easy-to-find public web page like github pages. This would immensely
help novices to get started with thrift.

Furthermore, I think it would help if the static documentation, that is currently scattered
between [] and the github markdown files (like [])
could be unified in a single place (for example github pages or the github markdown pages).

Last, not least, I think mailing lists are great for asynchronous communication. I personally
prefer them over web-based chats. But then I'm a different generation, and I must admit that
mailing lists are not very well suited for small questions that novice users have. The mailing
list archives are extremely resourceful, but I've come to learn that the current generation
of computer scientists is largely unaware that this resource even exists and where to look
for it. I also think they are largely under-represented on the thrift websites. Furthermore,
the hurdle to subscribe to an anonymous list and the interaction with mailman can put users
off, much more than the quick and easy entering of a web-based chat.

Cutting a long story short, I'm saddened by the impression that the very great Apache thrift
project falls behind inferior tools that are easier for users to approach. I will not be able
to invest significantly into this but if anything. But even more so it would be great if the
entry barrier for contributions would be as low as possible. Then I'd happily add my two cents.

> Web-based developer and user chat?
> ----------------------------------
>                 Key: THRIFT-5113
>                 URL:
>             Project: Thrift
>          Issue Type: Wish
>            Reporter: Mario Emmenlauer
>            Priority: Minor
> I think it would be very helpful if there where a developer chat, where users and developers
could ask questions and get (sometimes) a response with shorter turnaround times and less
overhead. Is this something thrift developers could consider?
> An often-used web-based chat with little overhead that integrates well with github is
[]. There are already a significant number of Apache projects present:
>  * []
> Relates to THRIFT-5112

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