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Applications forum vs. distro specific forums

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Hello

I just wanted to post about an error I'm constantly getting with Tomboy since some time, but when I better look at it there isn't really a best suitable place for such a question while I imagine alot of people would have exactly questions of that type, having problems with a certain program or application that isn't necessarily specific to any distro they're using (therefore not fitting either of the distro specific forums)

So I'm wondering, maybe we should introduce an "Software Applications" forum for such questions and maybe in exchange possibly bin the three distro specific forums making it two; "distributions" forum and "package managers" forum, or something like that.

So if people want to ask a question that is really about their specific distribution they'd have to ask in distributions forum, but specify which distro they're talking about (they'd do that anyway), but if it is a question about a certain program or application not necessarily tied to the given distro they'd ask in an applications forum.

What do you think? It seems there's just multiple ways to spin the categorization here. I think distro specific forums as we have them now are also good, but don't seem as active yet and introducing a yet another forum without removing or merging some of the existing ones is really starting to push the number of forums a little too far for the stage we are in.

Anyway, I welcome your feedback on this.

Thank you
Daniel

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Actually, maybe it would be better to just make the "Desktop and GUIs" forum also serve for supporting all GUI applications (which are usually "desktop" applications as well) and rename it to "Desktop and GUI applications".

So that forum would serve for discussing window managers, desktop environments, X as well as all GUI applications running on them. It's quite a wide range of topics for one forum, but it is related.. The "Command Line" forum would serve for discussions of command line, non-gui programs.

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I'm not hot on distro specific forums, since you do get porblems such as people comming along and saying "Hey why don't you have X distro forum? I want one!" and so forth.

I like the way you have seperated the more distro specific stuff into Apt-get, RPM, source and so forth, since other than a couple of config managers there is not that much difference between all the RPM distros.

my $0.02

dylunio

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I second the second post.

libervisco's picture
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Should we merge distro specific forums out then?

What about just changing that "Desktop and GUI's" to include all GUI applications for support?

Thanks

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I don't care much for the distro specific forums, but maybe others do. Expanding the scope of the GUI forum is a good idea.

libervisco's picture
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Okay, I'll leave the distro specific forums alone for now and just make GUI forum include support for GUI apps.

Then I suppose I can finally ask my tomboy question there... Smiling

Cheers

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I don't think Desktops & GUIs should include all GUI applications, it's a whole other topic.

libervisco's picture
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Hmm.. so what do we do?

I'm all ears and eyes open to suggestions. Should we then merge the distro specific forums out or just outright add another forum for applications...

Maybe we should make a poll on this.

(I gotta go to sleep now though. Hopefully when I wake up we'd have some more definite opinions on this Eye )

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Erm, maybe we should like, remove one of the lesser know forums or merge the gaming/media one with applications?

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Not sure about merging the Games & Entertainment forum with applications. Gaming seems more like a separate subject of its own. I just don't see threads about games mixed with threads about whatever applications..

As for removing a lesser known forum, which one? All seem to have their place..

I guess I should just add the forum and see if we can later remove some of the low performing ones (and merge their topics to other suitable forums).

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That sounds sensible libervisco.

dylunio

libervisco's picture
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Hmm.. I just can't get myself add another forum, not because it's hard to do (it's all a few clicks), but because we have so many of them already. We need to fill them up, not constantly create new ones.

So, looking at existing forums to see where could the the discussions on applications fit I thought maybe we can squeeze that to Misc? The forum would then be called "Applications and Misc".
It kind of fits together because there's various kinds of applications for various things that may or may not fit other forums so mixing that with misc stuff sounds like it could make sense.

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Yes, I think that would work, applications mostly have friendly user interfaces and their own help system so unresolvable problems with them will be rare and fit nicely in the misc category. I think this is a good idea, better then creating yet another subforum.

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Okay, thanks.. I did that.

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