[Bf-committers] Weekly meetings and communication channels

Campbell Barton ideasman42 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 31 06:22:49 CEST 2017

On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 6:31 PM, Stefan Werner <stewreo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> answers are inlined:
>> On 28. Aug 2017, at 14:27, Ton Roosendaal <ton at blender.org> wrote:
>> Proposal: alternate Monday meetings to be 10:00 and 18:00 Amsterdam time. Drop the Sunday meetings.
> I like the alternating time idea, that should allow people from more time zones to participate.
> Picking a right day is hard though - weekdays are good paid contributors, weekends better for volunteers.
>> 1) Forums: (discourse)
>> https://internals.rust-lang.org/categories <https://internals.rust-lang.org/categories>
> Some kind of developer focussed forum is helpful, I would think. Right now, we’re abusing the bug tracker
> as forum: https://developer.blender.org/T46258 <https://developer.blender.org/T46258>

This looks like proper tracker use to me, focused design tasks for
planning is fine.

There are a few times I've seen people try and use tracker more like a
forum for asking questions or submitting a patch which is really a
question about code. I don't think its much of a problem.

Even so, could be nice to try out a forum for developers.

> Discussions like this don’t work at all on IRC and not very well in mailing lists.
>> 2) Weekly activity log
>> https://this-week-in-rust.org/ <https://this-week-in-rust.org/>
> Helpful, we should do that.

While it would be nice, are people interested to write/manage this?

Maybe best to do a trial-run for ~5 weeks or so, continue if it's working out.

>> 4) No mailing lists!
>> https://mail.mozilla.org/pipermail/rust-dev/2015-January/011558.html
>> Now I don't think we need to drop mailing lists, but the forums and activity log sound great.
>> Discourse also might help making our onboarding process better.
> If we use a web based forum, please let’s pick one that works well on mobile devices
> (including the ones that are not the latest and greatest) and sends server-side generated
> static HTML. Responding to email on a smartphone is quick and easy and works even when
> you have a terrible connection. “Modern” HTML pages sometimes require several MB
> just to display essentially a couple of paragraphs of text.
> For example, one of the forums I visit sometimes runs on nodeBB. Just the forum start page
> comes in at 1.17MB. That’s ridiculous and I pretty much never read it on my phone. BA, even
> with the features images, is only half as big, simple phpBB sites come in at 300kB. Plain text
> contents of these pages is just a few kB, the rest is mostly decoration and oh-so-useful features
> nobody uses.
> I know, we need to have fast connections to begin with (wouldn’t want to git clone over GPRS)
> but I like to make my time on the road useful too. From here to BConf is roughly 7 hours on a train
> that promises WIFI but doesn’t always deliver. Don’t want to let that time go to waste.

Did you look into https://try.discourse.org ?

> -Stefan
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- Campbell

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