to sum it up a bit I have to say following:
1) FAQ vs. Q&A
There is a huge difference. FAQ is not really very participative, possibly not answering
correct questions. Asking a question already is a way of participation in the project - we
want to have more participation.
sounds very good
3) open source vs. proprietary
I guess the foundation tries to use open source if possible. This is goes pretty much with
its mission. There definitely are options for OS Q&A systems - they shoudl be used.
Open source solutions present - no more discussion needed.
4) in-house hosting vs. outsourced hosting
This results from point #3. We do not want to depend on 3rd party in terms of content
security and reliability. As much as we can admire Stack Exchange the rule is to do it our
way, however it should be more complicated.
5) integration with global login (SUL)
Desperately needed for ease of use.
Erik, what is the underlying problem you want to address? Is that participation and editor
retention? Do you think microfeedback is a solution? How do you think microfeedback is
scalable? Who is going to evaluate all that? It seems to me rather like another
"black box" created "in the name of this and that grant" rather than
useful thing (I havent seen a lot of stats from Article Feedback neither). Dont you think
an easy, solid and effective Q&A system would not work better for increasing
participation? We can have a Q&A site up in minutes and the only coding task would be
Does anyone think there is a way how to test-drive some solution hosted in-house?
Incubator, toolserver or where to start?
------------ Původní zpráva ------------
Od: Tom Morris <tom(a)tommorris.org>
Předmět: Re: [Foundation-l] Start "questions and answers" site within
Datum: 22.7.2011 13:00:37
On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 22:07, Thomas Morton
But we don't need to use proprietary software for this.
Honest question; SE has sensible ideals and license their content well. Why
add to the workload of our sysops and developers with another system to
maintain and support....
We do Wiki's really well. SE do Q&A extremely well... QED.
I see companies make this mistake all the time; going down the "lets host
everything ourselves" and ending up with inadequate services and support.
One can have both. Go with StackExchange for a while and see if it
works out. The content is all licensed under CC BY-SA so if the
StackExchange solution works well, we can always copy the good Q&As
into Help: on wikipedia or meta or wherever. If it works really well,
set up a local open source equivalent.
Basically use the StackExchange version as a test bed to see if
Wikimedia should a Q&A site of its own.
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