Some good things about the forums:
* Almost 100 new users have registered on the forums just this year.
* Joining a mailing list is overkill if you only have a stupid question.
* Even when people are not posting anything, they may be searching the
forums to see whether their question has been asked before.
* When 2.2 is released, maybe people will have more questions.
On the other hand:
* You have a comparative advantage over me in writing software over
cleaning spam... So, if you think this would be helpful, I could help in
the fight against spam. Let me know.
I also have a list of suggestions for the general problem that there are
too many places with Gramps information:
1. Retiring the blog site and putting new posts on the main website
would be another way of consolidating the information.
2. Retire the Gramps-users mailing list and use the forums instead,
although I know some people prefer not to use forums. This would make
the forums more interesting for the people that are not subscribed to
the mailing lists.
3. Move the FAQ's that are on the main website (under Gramps
Information/FAQ) to a new, read-only, section of the forums.
4. Retire the gramps-bugs mailing list. I don't see the point.
5. Retire the sourceforge bug-tracker once the 2.2 line is a couple of
As a last point to consider, I would suggest to give the info about the
irc channel a more prominent place on the main website. There's almost
always someone on the channel (except maybe for 6am-9am Brussels
One way to do this would be to move "Contacting us" to the main menu on
gramps-project.org, instead of in a submenu.
It's quite surprising that you can't delete the sourceforge forums...
See you all on #gramps!
(Sorry for not just accepting your idea... It's a bad habit of mine to
bring up my own ideas. Feel free to cherry-pick as much or as little as
On Sat, 2006-05-13 at 10:36 -0600, Don Allingham wrote:
> And I forgot to mention what has proven to be our most effective site,
> the #gramps IRC channel at irc.freenode.net
> On Sat, 2006-05-13 at 09:45 -0600, Don Allingham wrote:
> > Several of us have been discussing the value of the forum site
> > (http://forum.gramps-project.org), and are trying to decide if the site
> > should continue to exist.
> > The major problems that we see are:
> > 1) Not that much usage. We are getting a handful of posts a week.
> > 2) Spam. The site is under a constant barrage of spam, and Martin,
> > Trevor, Alex, and I spend a fair amount of time cleaning it up.
> > 3) Little community involvement. The same four or five of us end
> > up answering the messages, and it seems to be yet another place
> > to post bug reports and feature requests.
> > So, we decided to ask the general user base if the forum site is
> > actually worth the effort. Right now, we have:
> > 1) Web site
> > 2) Blog site
> > 3) Library site
> > 4) Bug tracker
> > 5) gramps-bugs mailing list
> > 6) gramps-devel mailing list
> > 7) gramps-users mailing list
> > 8) Sourceforge forums (which I would delete if we could)
> > Does the forum site offer anything more than what the other sites offer,
> > and is it worth the effort that we have to put into it?