[owncloud-devel] ownCloud tag on StackOverflow

Vincent Petry pvince81 at owncloud.com
Mon Jul 21 08:17:59 GMT 2014


If core developers spend their time reading and answering forums, IRC
and numerous other 3rd party platforms there will not be much time left
to do the actual coding and bugfixing.

There are already people from the forums that will forward bugs or
feature requests to the bug tracker, which I am grateful for and which
is very helpful.

This means that on every platform there should be at least one person
who is willing to help people, and point people to the bug tracker when
needed, whenever their problem is a bug and not a support/environment issue.

My personal focus is on Github and IRC (#owncloud and #owncloud-devel).
I already answer developer questions coming in from the owncloud-devel
mailing list.

So, who would like to focus on Stack overflow ?



On 07/20/2014 08:16 PM, Jan-Christoph Borchardt wrote:
> As Havoc Pennington said already in 2002:
> »Reading dozens of GNOME and Red Hat bugs per day, I find that users
> ask for a preference by default.«
> With any input from people we have to catalyze that into proper
> designs. And we’re doing a pretty good job at that. (If you want to
> help, join the design team: http://owncloud.org/contribute/design/ )
> And Mark – thank you so much for taking care of the forum! It wasn’t
> my intention to devalue it – it’s just that StackOverflow (as Lukas
> mentioned) is a different and important target group. We also need to
> use the platforms where other people go apart from our own,
> ownCloud-specific ones.
> On So 20 Jul 2014 20:10:40 CEST, Mark Ziegler wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Got your arguments and agree.
>> One thing to note.
>> The discussions, the link, between developers and pure users are
>> important.
>> For sure it does not makes any fun to answer bad prepared questions of
>> "goony" users.
>> If developers are stayin' with themselfs it might result in a nerdy
>> piece of software, hard to configure, ugly to use.
>> The input of the ordinary user is invaluable.
>> Cheers,
>> Mark
>> Am 20.07.14 18:41, schrieb Lukas Reschke:
>>>> On 20 Jul 2014, at 12:57, Mark Ziegler<mark.ziegler at rakekniven.de> 
>>>> wrote:
>>>> We have our own ownCloud forums to help each others.
>>> Sure. But users and developers are different target groups.
>>> By helping developers we gain:
>>> 1. A more attractive platform
>>> 2. More contributors
>>> 3. More apps
>>> 4. ...
>>>> There are plenty of unanswered topics.
>>> Because the questions there are often:
>>> 1. Unspecific
>>> 2. Without details
>>> 3. Often easily solvable by googling or just reading the documentation
>>> 4. Containing error messages in Chinese (I can’t read Chinese and I
>>> don’t want to waste my time translating error messages which are
>>> likely user errors)
>>> This is why I’m not really active in the forum. There are just way
>>> to many people there that do not even understand the difference
>>> between a mail and a web server. Not beginning to speak of people
>>> who try to install oC on their 1$ “unlimited” webhoster package…
>>> I consider our time better spent with helping potential contributors
>>> than helping somebody to setup their LAMP installation.
>>>> Would be nice if you can spend some time at the forum before
>>>> pleasing 3rd party platforms.
>>>> Please visithttps://forum.owncloud.org/  and help other users.
>>> - Lukas
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