[Bf-committers] Blender-code Questions

Danrae Pray blink.ornitier at gmail.com
Wed Nov 8 18:07:31 CET 2017

I think this forum idea would be incredibly helpful, both for new devs as
well as people already very familiar with Blender's code.

The benefits to new devs is more obvious - but another not so obvious
benefit to existing, experienced devs is that a persistent forum for
blender coding questions is more scalable in terms of the effort they have
to put in to answer people's questions.  If someome explains something
about some bleeding edge code in the 2.8 branch to me, that nugget of
knowledge is gone as soon as I close my chat client - no one else will ever
again benefit from that help I received from an experienced blender coder.

We could maybe tag each question / set of answers with associated blender
versions too (just like software tech discussed on stackoverflow) and over
time, it ends up being a potentially huge repository of really useful code


On Nov 8, 2017 12:51 AM, "Campbell Barton" <ideasman42 at gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Danrae,

We don't use developer.blender.org as a forum, currently we use IRC
and this mailing list for more formal topics.

As you note, IRC is too timezone dependent.
While a mailing list is OK for general questions, details discussions
can become too noisy.

The possibility of having a forum was raised recently:

We did have a blender.org forum years ago but this was a general forum
with too much overlap with blenderartists.org

I think it'd be nice to try out a more focused forum to improve the
experience for new developers getting involved.

We could do a trial run and see how it goes, although I'm not sure how
much work is involved to set it up, especially if we want to share
authentication with developer.blender.org or blender-id.

On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 11:24 AM, spock theGray <blink.ornitier at gmail.com>
> Hi guys,
> Sometimes I have Blender code-related questions for which I don't need
> real-time help like IRC or maybe nobody is on in IRC at that time who is
> able to answer, etc. In this case, I would be totally cool with just
> posting something somewhere for people to respond whenever they have a
> minute & I can check it later when I have time... kind of like
> stackoverflow, but specifically for blender contributors...
> Can contributors just ask code-related questions in the phabricator task
> comments or should we keep those discussions related to requirements /
> design only?
> Also, is this mailing list an appropriate forum for contributors to ask
> specific questions about the blender code-base?  If not, is there a
> list for specific code-related questions?
> Wanted to verify that code-level questions are on topic ahead of time b.c.
> the wiki (https://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Doc/New_Developer_Info)
> mentions to stay on topic, but I couldn't find much detail about what's
> considered on topic and I haven't seen any code-related questions flying
> around this forum yet...
> Thanks,
> Danrae
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