Adding a "help me choose a distro" forum and other changes
Michuk has proposed an idea of adding a new forum for helping new users choose a GNU/Linux distribution to try.
Lots of people who want to try GNU/Linux gest stuck on choosing a distro. GetGnuLinux.org does a good job in making it easy for them (giving just 2 alternatives).PolishLinux.org helps the undecided to choose from many more distros. Still, some people need to ask for advice personally. That's why I though a forum like that could be useful.
Actually, we have a forum sacrified only to helping others choose their distro on Jakilinux.org (Polish version of vortal) and it's the most popular forum there.
Usually on many forums and (especially) in Usenet, such questions are left unanswered or trigger a flame war. But we want to be a friendly support site and we have moderators so I think this could work out (with good will of experts answering the questions).
Of course there should be a sticky post on such forum statitng that you should read this and this before asking a question and to specify the requirements clearly.
However as we already have alot of forums and some of them aren't optimally active, we are considering making some merges.
By the way, I would also join some other forums into bigger ones, like Desktop and GUIs and Applications & Misc and Command Line into "Software support", since they don't have so big traffic yet and with too many forums it may be confusing for users where to ask software support questions.
Now since command line forum was opened by request from users I am thinking maybe it should be kept as is. So the final proposition I had based on everything said before was to do this:
* Add a new forum "Help me choose a distro"
* Merge "Applications & Misc" forum with the "Desktop and GUI" into "GUI Software Support" or just "Software Support".
* Leave Command line forum as is.
In that case, the GUI Software Support forum or just a "Software Support" forum would serve as a forum for all GUI applications including front ends, window managers and desktop environments while the command line forum would serve for those needing help with command line programs including shell scripting and such trickery.
I would like some feedback on these ideas. If you have any suggestions feel free to post them. If you agree with what was proposed above we'd like you to say it so we can know if you approve or not.