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[tdf-discuss] Question&Answer system evaluation


Hi everyone,

while discussing the possible platforms for an official user forum, the idea arose[1] to also 
evaluate a Q&A forum, similar to the well-known stackoverflow[2].
I've set up an instance of askbot to allow users to test such a forum and comment on this idea. You 
can access it at http://osqa-test.libreoffice.org.
Feel free to register an account (at the moment, local user accounts, Facebook, twitter and various 
openid providers are supported) and test the installation.
Comments, bug reports and improvement suggestions are very welcome, either by using the "give 
feedback"[3] link at the bottom of each page or at the website list or, of course, in askbot 
itself[3].
For a explanation how such Q&A platforms work, please see the faq[4] and my short explanation here:
* Q&A forums don't provide room for general discussions, polls, rants etc. and are therefore more 
targeted.
* Users can select correct answers and vote for answers. Selected and most voted answers are shown 
first, drastically improving clarity.
* User activities such as answering questions or voting answers leads to karma. With more karma, 
the rights of users grow until the user has full moderation rights. This allows to grow a self 
sustaining community.
* Answers can be edited collaboratively (so called "community wiki" posts)

Of course, trying it out is worth a thousand words :)

Cu,
Alex



[1]: http://listarchives.libreoffice.org/global/website/msg06443.html
[2]: http://stackoverflow.com/
[3]: http://osqa-test.libreoffice.org/questions/ask/
[4]: http://osqa-test.libreoffice.org/faq/
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