I've thought about this sort of thing a few times. My concern has always 
been that it'd be "just one more channel" when there are already too many 
to follow: here, django-users, IRC (multiple channels) and so on. 

If we did it under the aegis of the Django (Org/...SF) and we as a group of 
active folks said that that's where we'd hang out, I think it would work, 
and would unify those channels. So +1

What does it need from Ops? (Is there a `docker run-my-service`? Could we 
leverage djangoproject.com (and GitHub) logins, or are they always going to 
be separate?)


On Saturday, 10 August 2019 05:03:18 UTC+2, Andrew Godwin wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> This might be slightly controversial, but I would like to propose that we 
> have a forum for discussing Django development (and potentially user 
> support), alongside the mailing list and maybe, eventually replacing it.
> My full reasoning is below, but in short, it would be more accessible for 
> new users, have a better UI, give us the ability to moderate away 
> problematic posts, be better for privacy, and still allow email-based 
> interaction.
> At DjangoCon AU, the opening keynote was an invited speaker from the Rust 
> community (E. Dunham, https://twitter.com/QEDunham). I invite you to 
> watch the full talk if you are at all interested in how another language 
> handles their community (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW7PxyrCBR0), 
> but the takeaway for me was their use of forums rather than mailing lists.
> The Django mailing lists were an excellent choice when Django began, but I 
> feel they have aged out of the modern Web somewhat. The user interface for 
> accessing them is particularly poor, which makes it particularly bad for 
> new contributors.
> In addition, when looking at how to organise the effort to help bring 
> async into Django, something more dynamic, and more segmented, than mailing 
> lists would be incredibly useful. I don't want to drown out the list in 
> specific discussions of how to port certain features, but we need to have 
> those discussions somewhere permanent and asynchronous (so not IRC).
> The mutability of a forum is also not to be overlooked - as well as 
> allowing things like pinned posts and post edits for small issues (or a 
> living header on a long discussion topic), it also allows for permanent 
> removal of things that break the Code of Conduct. On the people front, it 
> also allows people to post without their email being public, allows for 
> name changes, and provides for someone's right to be forgotten via 
> anonymisation of prior content.
> Now, I'm not suggesting we kill the mailing list and switch over or 
> anything like that; instead, I suggest we run an instance of Discourse as a 
> test, and use it as the primary discussion area for async work, as well as 
> anything else that people want to discuss - with the expectation that 
> anything important still goes out to this mailing list.
> Why Discourse? Apart from being a mature, open source forum project, it's 
> also very fully featured, and even supports subscribing and interacting 
> with the forum over email, so it can still fit into an email-based 
> workflow. There are also plenty of small niceties, like the option to have 
> it hosted for us via a paid service, or the ability to use GitHub for login 
> rather than requiring a separate username and password. It also helps that 
> Rust seems quite happy with it.
> I'm mostly asking for the "temperature of the room" on this one - if we 
> get some small objections, I think a trial period is still worthwhile. If 
> there are major objections, then I'd like to ask people what their 
> alternative suggestions are for solving this sort of communication.
> Do I think this would replace the mailing list? Not in the short term, but 
> maybe if it takes off and we all like it better. I personally would 
> interact with django-developers a whole lot more if I could just subscribe 
> to certain topics (rather than trying to emulate that with an email filter 
> as I do now!), and honestly the same thing for django-users. That said, I 
> also recognise that diluting the support/discussion pool is not exactly an 
> attractive idea, which is why I'm asking for input!
> Thanks,
> Andrew

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