This is really good. Especially because of the features highlighted. 
Good move. 
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  On Wed, 31 Oct 2018 at 15:11, Lars Helge Øverland<> wrote:   Hi 
TL;DR We are moving to Discourse for discussions and communications, Launchpad 
is going away!

During the last Experts Academy, we introduced the DHIS2 Community of Practice 
(CoP). The CoP is a response from many of you for a one-stop shop to find 
relevant resources and information online. The CoP will be a forum to ask DHIS2 
questions and receive many answers with the possibility to start a discussion. 
It will be a place to publish DHIS2 roadmaps and discuss new features, get 
comments and feedback from the community, and connect with sector-specific 
The DHIS2 community has been using Launchpad as the mode of communication. 
There are many useful functions with Launchpad but we have found that the 
Discourse platform will meet more of the needs of the community. We believe 
this move will enable us to have more in-depth conversations, include more of 
the existing community members and reach new ones. Discourse can also function 
as a mailing list and below are five other features that Discourse offers which 
would be advantageous to the DHIS2 CoP:   
   - Ability to highlight contributors (e.g., badges for most answers to 
questions, likes, topics created) so we can recognize people who have been 
significant participants in conversations and helped others.    

   - Ability to build sub-forums to enable more focused discussions (e.g., 
Case-based surveillance, CHIS, Security, Mobile) where interested parties can 
talk in detail without the entire community being notified.    

   - Ability to reduce duplicate posts by showing related questions, pinned 
posts, etc.    

   - Ability to add features like FAQ, voting for features or right answers, 
@mentioning relevant user groups or development teams, analytics on activity.   

   - Ability to keep engaging the community by sending out weekly emails with 
the most active discussions.
To see how the DHIS2 CoP is set up, check out and 
start testing out the new categories and provide feedback on how you think the 
CoP looks so far.
Note also that all mailing list posts would be migrated from the existing lists 
so that you can claim and own your old posts and we can start recognizing major 
contributors immediately! 
The aim is to migrate to Discourse completely in the end of November, with the 
official closing of the Launchpad lists and launch of the new DHIS2 CoP on 
November 29th.
You can contact for any questions - or of course post it on 

best regards,
Karoline and Lars

Lars Helge Øverland
Technical lead, DHIS 2University of
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