[dojo-contributors] Google Groups management

Bill Keese bill at dojotoolkit.org
Wed May 13 20:06:44 EDT 2009

In the meeting today Dustin said that he tried all the software you 
mentioned and the only one up to par is phpBB, the one used by zend, 
which he put in http://staging.dojotoolkit.org/forums/.

The limitation with phpBB is that it doesn't support the two-way email 

Dustin also mentioned that someone needs to volunteer to do the 
switchover, meaning that assuming that we don't do an actual migration 
of the old messages to the new system (google/nabble/phpBB/whatever), 
that all the old drupal forum content should be archived somehow, like 
making static copies of all the pages so they can be around even after 
drupal has been replaced.

Or, that work could be deferred until if/when we actually convert 
dtk.org from drupal to django.

Dylan Schiemann wrote:
> -1 for shutting down dojo-interest, only if we have a way to move all of
> those users into the new system (setup accounts for them automatically,
> etc.).
> A lot of people are subscribed to the list, and we don't want to lose
> those people.
> I'm now 0 on google groups, only because I know that we as a community
> are not doing enough to satisfy the needs of our community.  I'm not
> sold that a Google Group would magically make it easier for us to answer
> questions (an ideal solution for me would make it easy to embed working
> dojo code in page, for example).  The bigger issue is that we don't have
> enough people dedicating time to answering questions (myself being as
> big a victim of this as anyone).  I've switched my vote to 0 only
> because I know we're all strapped for time.
> The new infrastructure of the web site is going to be as follows:
> * web site: Django + Dojango
> * blog: WordPress
> I would suggest we evaluate the following options and decide for now
> what we'll do, and have a new system in place by June 30 (not that we
> have anyone ready to step up and do this other than the Google Groups
> option, but setting a realistic deadline to evaluate the options out
> there now, to pick one, find someone interested, and do it):
> * Django-based solutions:
> ** http://code.google.com/p/counterpoint/
> ** http://sct.sphene.net/wiki/show/Start/
> ** http://code.google.com/p/diamanda/
> * WordPress-based solutions:
> ** Simple:Press
> * Zend-based solutions:
> ** Find out what Zend Framework uses (presumably it's Zend-based... I
> mention this, because everyone raves about how well Zend and php.net are
> run)
> * Google Groups
> ** (evaluate their API, and see what we can do with it if we want to
> customize it to our needs later)
> Regards,
> -Dylan
> Bill Keese wrote:
>>> Either way, dojo-interest should be killed off; a single point of entry 
>>> for non-real-time inquiries is a must IMHO.
>> Yup, agreed.   I think we definitely have a majority vote (again) on 
>> shutting down dojo-interest.
>> (Although if we are killing off drupal forums too, might as well do it 
>> at the same time, so that we can redirect dojo-interest users directly 
>> to google groups.)
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