[swift-evolution] RFC: structuring forums for best use for swift-evolution

Rick Mann rmann at latencyzero.com
Wed Aug 2 00:30:28 CDT 2017

My inclination is to start with two broad-level categories: Evolution and User (this presumes both the evolution and user lists are moving to Discourse).

To the degree that there are separate parts of evolution or user that never cross over, it would make sense to have more categories, but I think it would be best to wait to add them.

A topic can be moved from one category to another, so perhaps after a pitch in Evolution gets enough traction, it could be moved to a "Swift 5" category (e.g.).

> On Aug 1, 2017, at 22:13 , Ted Kremenek via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Ted
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