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Re: [tdf-discuss] LibreOffice Forums Categories Proposal

On 09/27/2012 05:11 AM, Christian Lohmaier wrote:
Hi *,

On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 7:33 AM, Marc Paré <> wrote:
Please note that
the categories and forums shown on the page[2], at this point, are only
suggestions and may be modified (some may be removed or added) after we have
discussed this as a group.
OK, my 0,02€ :-)

Where's the difference between "General Discussion" & "Lounge" (or
whatever name will be chosen) - it is not clear to me.
General Discussion is to still be on topic, about LibO. A lounge is typically off topic just for users to get more familiar with each other. If you want an example check out and see their general vs coffee lounge. It's a good way for users to have a chance to communicate with each other, share random thoughts, etc... Going into the future we'll decide what's appropriate and what's not appropriate to talk about (to avoid certain issues). But that's the idea from my understanding, most forums have a place for users just to talk off topic.

I don't think there is a need for an installation & configuration
category, let alone individual forums for each OS.

Installation is best covered using "Tutorials"/The existing
installation documentation.
so I'd remove the Installation category & forums and instead cover it
in Tutorials and in a catchall/general questions section in
libreoffice apps category. After all installing is not black magic...
In LibreOffice Applications, I wouldn't split them out as much, but
rather shrink them to:
* Writer & Math
* Calc
* Impress & Draw
* Base
* Catch-all/General (also the place to ask installation/configuration
problems if not covered by the tutorials) - might even consider to put
Base into this forum as well.

For installation related questions, people can be asked in a sticky to
prefix their topics with [win] [lin] [mac] (, [sol], [and] [ios],...)
The reality is that most users don't read sticked stuff so asking for them to do certain things in those notes might just be ignored. As for combining applications, I personally don't like the idea. I think that we all have our "specialties", I personally know nothing about Math but know quite a bit about Writer, me having to moderate a combined forum would be an issue. Furthermore, I think users might get angry if there are 100 posts a day about writer and 1 about math, that math one goes to page 3, while the trivial writer ones are on top on the forum.

Installation, I'm open to discussing combining into one though.

The SiteFeedback & Website contributor forums seem to overlap
And I assume that the Admin-Category will be hidden for Anonymous &
regular Users, right?

So I'd rather start with fewer forums, and if real-life usage proves
me wrong, create the additional, specialized forums. But especially
Math and Draw don't get so many questions that are specifc. Base might
deserve its own section because the nature of the questions is
redically different, and most of the time require database knowledge,
but probably not from a volume perspective. Then again, I don't
read/monitor the english user's list, so it might be different from
e.g. the german project.
I think people in general are comfortable with the components part of LibO. I personally don't see a need to ditch those.


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