What's the future of this forum since Atom is now FOSS?


#1

Hello Atom users,

Since Atom is now open source, I was asking myself what this forum’s purpose will be.

Most of the topics here are categorized under Support and Features, but now we have access to the core issues and I believe that it will be better for everyone if we keep things in one place. And even though I love Discuss, I think the best place for support and features requests is GitHub.

What do you think?


#2

Perhaps the GitHub folks have ideas that they’d like to chime in with, but my personal ideas include:

  • Got a question or a feature but don’t know which package is the one that is most applicable? Post it here.
  • Got an idea for a feature, but it isn’t well fleshed out yet? Discuss it here.
  • Want to discuss things that are a little more pie-in-the-sky or programmer-editor-theory-ish? (Such as my Better Syntax Highlighting topic.) Talk to other people passionate about their editors here.
  • etc

I’ll probably think of more … but I think that GitHub Issues is more for discussing specifics and Discuss is more for opinions or things that haven’t been nailed down into specifics yet. I recently watched a presentation that @codinghorror gave that covered in great detail the philosophical differences between StackExchange and Discourse. It boils down to StackExchange is about facts and Discourse is about opinions. I see the dividing line between GitHub Issues and Discuss to be something similar. (If you can give us a link, @codinghorror, I’d appreciate it.)


#3

Sure that is a good description! Anything that needs a lot of back and forth discussion is going to work better in Discourse.

Here is the talk you referred to:

58 minute talk, slides plus pro video/audio.


#4

This almost makes me just wonder what the possibilities for integrating specific Github things to Discourse. I imagine comments/general discussion on wiki’s, maybe integration with issues in some fashion?