[ros-users] answers.ros.org is the hell

William Woodall wwoodall at willowgarage.com
Wed Feb 20 09:54:30 UTC 2013

This is just my opinion, but I feel that QA systems like askbot and
stackexchange are far superior for this type of community effort than a
forum like phpbb.  Case in point, I almost never find the answer to my
programming or system administration problems on a forum anymore, I instead
find them on *.stackexchange.com.

I don't think it has to do with owning the data as much as the arduous
process of getting a stackexchange instance.  The
http://robotics.stackexchange.com/ has been working towards getting vetted
for a long time now, perhaps ROS questions/answers could live there in the
future, but having a dedicated ROS stackexchange is not feasible IMHO.


On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:48 AM, Claudio Carbone <cla_carbone at tiscali.it>wrote:

>  On 20/02/13 10:24, Claudio Carbone wrote:
> you can have subforums tailored to the specific argument (eg: building
> which would cover build systems and package/stack structures;
> transformations which would cover urdf models, joints, publishers;
> Communications which would cover the ROS API, topics, services, etc...)
> I just remembered that the phpbb.org support forum (phpbb being one of
> the widest spread free forum platforms) even has sub-sub-<...>-forums for
> each and every plugin/modification where the creator of the plugin/mod can
> answer users questions far from the main busy discussion areas keeping them
> clean.
> I can't but think this would be much more useful to the community.
> Although I acknowledge that it's ultimately a management decision from WG
> or whoever will guide ROS in the future.
> Best regards
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