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(Matt McCormick) #1

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(Dženan Zukić) #2

I currently don’t see categories. I assume we will discuss which ones to have?

Edit: we do, I just didn’t see them right away!


(Matt McCormick) #3

Yes, those categories are a starting point – they could be refined.


(Dženan Zukić) #4

The categories are very reasonable, and its a short list - which is a good thing. We might want to roll “Site Feedback” into “Uncategorized”, as it will likely not be used much. It will probably be used somewhat in the first few weeks, so we might want to wait a little bit with merging - assuming merging categories is easy.


(Francois Budin) #5

Will users and developers be separated on discourse like they are on the mailing lists? Is the “community” category for the users?


(Matt McCormick) #6

Yes, we could remove Site Feedback. Uncategorized is a special category that can’t be removed.

To delete Site Feedback, we have to move this topic. We will move to Uncategorized?


(Dženan Zukić) #7

Users and developers will not be separated, aside from separation created by visitors themselves by setting up filters and subscribing to some categories but not others.

It is a good question whether “Community” is for user questions. Perhaps we should have a category with a name suggestive of that? And make that category be the default? Most visitors will want to ask a question about using ITK, much less people about developing it.


(Dženan Zukić) #8

Moving to uncategorized sounds good.


(Matt McCormick) #9

The categories are currently

  • Announcements: for release announcements, etc.
  • Engineering: how to build, etc.
  • Community: new documentation, GitHub usage, etc.
  • Algorithms: how a segmentation method works, etc.
  • Uncategorized: everything else
  • Site Feedback (to be removed?): feedback on the site itself

We could improve these or their descriptions.

I do not think a separation into users and developers encourages participation.


(Matt McCormick) #10

Anyone who uses ITK is a developer that is developing it. The “lesser” attribution to new developers as “users” does not encourage contribution from folks who have a lot to add to the community.

To encourage new participation, maybe a “Beginner” or “First-Timer” category?


(Dženan Zukić) #11

“Beginner questions” sounds good. Most people will want to start by posting in that category, unless they are able to categorize their post which means they are not beginners :smiley:


(Matt McCormick) #12

Moving to uncategorized sounds good.

Done.


(Matt McCormick) #13

“Beginner questions” sounds good. Most people will want to start by posting in that category, unless they are able to categorize their post which means they are not beginners 

Here it is. The description can be improved?


(Dženan Zukić) #14

Can we make beginner questions be second category right after announcements? Can beginner questions be made the default category for new topics? If not, can it be second on that list, right after “Uncategorized”?


(Matt McCormick) #15

Can we make beginner questions be second category right after announcements?

Yes, done.

Can beginner questions be made the default category for new topics? If not, can it be second on that list, right after “Uncategorized”?

According to this thread, it is currently not possible.


(Dženan Zukić) #16

Great!

If default is not possible, can we have it second on the list?


(Matt McCormick) #17

I am not aware of a way to specify that order. :face_with_raised_eyebrow:


(Dženan Zukić) #18

Maybe it is auto-sorted based on frequency of posting? If we can’t influence it, just let it be :smiley:


(Matt McCormick) #19

(Andras Lasso) #20

@matt.mccormick Thanks a lot for setting this up. It’s great that ITK discussions are moving here!