8 February 2021 at 10:33 #18549
Dear SOFA community,
Some of you are maybe sometimes complaining about this forum-format for asking user-questions. We are actually currently considering the GitHub discussions. Nice features like upvote/downvote comment or topics could be useful, no separate logging (all-included in GitHub).
Your opinion matters to us. Please tell us in the replies what you think about it!
@all @jnbrunet @damien-marchaluniv-lille1-fr @olivier-goury @PierreShg @younesssss @Scheikl @Olumide @bmarques @tgaugry @FelixVanneste @sescaida
👇👇👇8 February 2021 at 10:37 #185508 February 2021 at 14:44 #18551jnbrunetModerator
+ Github will now be responsible for handling spam,
+ Advanced markdown for formatting our post,
+ Mobile friendly interface,
+ Automatic links to github issues, PR and users,
+ Advanced search functions,
+ Inserting images into our posts by drag&drop,
+ Preview before posting
Yes, let’s move to Github !8 February 2021 at 15:10 #18552ScheiklBlocked
I’d give the reply above a thumbs up, if I could. ;D8 February 2021 at 17:46 #18556twxuBlocked
I would support the move to Github discussions.
Overall I haven’t had major issues with the SOFA forum, except sometimes my posts are flagged incorrectly as spam by the auto-checker.8 February 2021 at 19:20 #18557sescaidaBlocked
I don’t have a lot of experience with neither system, but it does sound like moving the discussions to Github would have some benefits!9 February 2021 at 08:17 #18558psomersBlocked
I haven’t used github discussions before, but the ability to flag helpful comments/discussions with upvoting sounds like 2021 😉
And I know it doesn’t affect me at all, but I can imagine not having to worry about supporting a forum’s mechanics would probably be nice for all of you focusing on Sofa development…
+1 for moving to github10 February 2021 at 22:55 #18567ArthurBlocked
While I don’t oppose moving to github discussions, it would be sad to have all the past discussions on here go to waste.
It would be great if the current forum was archived somewhere where people could still find it and search it.
Overall I think github discussions may be a better platform, but I do like how all the plugins and features can be discussed in one place and I would like to see that continue.11 February 2021 at 15:14 #18568
Dear all, thank you so much for your inputs and feedback! That’s great to count you with us, and your opinion is definitely super valuable!
@amackeith do not worry, if a migration is decided (next week the dev meeting will discuss this, according to your replies), we will make sure to find a way to migrate all previous discussions as well!
Hugo14 February 2021 at 17:56 #18667AndrijaBlocked
I think moving to github discussions is a good option. Maybe is better for tracking the issues, problems and questions that people ask. Also as someone mentioned, it is a bit better for searching, and maybe later would be easier for you to sort out issues by topics i.e. open new separate sections and topics as you did here for Soft Robotics. Additionally if some novel ideas for future implementation in SOFA poops up I guess it would be more easier to track this and then implement and share via github and link things to direct solutions.
Independent on this. What I would really like to have as an option, just a general suggestion, is to have some options for online chat. Then maybe the people who are already online and working on their projects in SOFA could directly help and chat with others, in order to solve the problems and issues posted. I don’t know if some of these options already exist, but I would consider opening some Slack channel, or maybe using Discord. Think then maybe people could help directly, but guess the downside would be that once you solve the problem, you would need to post the solution back to forum or github discussions. But don’t know if people would do it in general. Overall I think maybe people would be more connected in the community with the online chat, and help out on currently posting issues in short notice and that could not be resolved simply by posting the issue then waiting for reply, then trying out things, then posting, then waiting.
But all this is just a thought 🙂 .
Andrija14 February 2021 at 23:09 #18668Pasquale94Blocked
Yeah as Said many people before me, GitHub discussions offer a Better tracking of the problems and what people are working on.
It would be good also to have like a sort of “Discord” or Telegram Group,where people can ask for technical issue about Sofa and resolve the problem/get answers in short-time.
Keep me updated.
Pasquale.15 February 2021 at 08:38 #18669
Thank you for your feedback.
@andrija987, right ! GH discussions could help a bit for the forum management with new features, but more importantly: it would better (and quicker) connect the community and, as you stated, it would foster the emergence of novel ideas (future implementations).
We are currently increasing our efforts on the forum and this will go crescendo!
We should take a decision this week, anyone please feel free to give your opinion!
The SOFA Consortium15 February 2021 at 10:43 #18671AndrijaBlocked
Thanks @hugo! Keep up the great work. I believe you are doing a really important work and contribution with SOFA. Hope in the future more interesting plugins and invitations will come in SOFA. Hope also the community will contribute in growing and expanding SOFA, giving more ideas and applications for the future.
Andrija23 August 2021 at 18:05 #20206
Dear SOFA Forum,
First of all, the SOFA team hope that you all had a nice 2021 summer. We apologize for the recent spam attack and we hope it did not cause you too much inconvenience.
This fact only motivates us more for a migration to the GitHub Discussions platform. We will work on the migration in the next week and keep you posted regarding the migration process.
The SOFA staff.13 January 2022 at 13:24 #21397
Dear SOFA Forum,
Most of you asked for it: this forum will be moving to GitHub Discussions in the next months. The Discussions feature is already active on GitHub, feel free to start using it.
A dedicated issue #2591 has been opened to present the migration process.
Key dates for the forum:
end of January:
– new registration will be redirected to Discussions
– creating new topics will be blocked
– replying to existing topic remains possible
end of February:
– posting is not possible anymore
by May, the forum will be fully de-activated
The SOFA staff.
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