[swift-evolution] RFC: structuring forums for best use for swift-evolution
kremenek at apple.com
Wed Aug 2 00:13:32 CDT 2017
A while back a decision was reached to move from using mailing lists for swift-evolution to using a forum, specifically Discourse. At the time that decision was made, efforts had been already well committed for supporting the development of Swift 4 — including efforts supporting important infrastructure efforts such as the source compatibility suite. I apologize for not providing more transparency in why moving to a forum was being delayed. Some things took longer than expected.
To be clear, the plan is to still move to Discourse, and with Swift 4 winding down there is now bandwidth to focus on making the transition from mailing lists to a forum. As part of that transition, I’d like to get some feedback from the community.
There has been some good conversations on this mailing list on how swift-evolution can possibly evolve to better serve the needs of the community. I’m not talking about whether or not we use a mailing list or a forum — that decision has been made. Specifically, I’m talking about how a forum could best be structured to organize discussions and allow everyone to optimally participate. In the move to Discourse, we have the opportunity here to possibly do things a bit differently than we have been so far.
For example, here are some of the questions I’m thinking about how we should be use a forum:
- We currently have swift-evolution and swift-evolution-announce. Should we use a specific “category” in the forum for "proposals that are in active review" — and possibly remove the need to have something like swift-evolution-announce?
- Should we have other topical areas to organize discussions? If so, at what granularity?
We can certainly figure out a lot of this over time, but I’d like some feedback from the community now on things they’d like to see in how we organize the swift-evolution forum based on experiences we’ve had with swift-evolution since it was created.
Please chime in on this thread if you have feedback, and focus on keeping this constructive.
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