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Please join Sage in Stack Exchange to make it a formal community!

asked 2014-09-18 02:36:55 -0500

Han gravatar image

updated 2014-09-18 04:18:41 -0500

This Forum is really good. But how about to make Sage a formal community in Stack Exchange so that more people can know about Sage. So please join Sage currently informal community here, and be active.

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If "This Forum is really good", could you explain what is the benefit in splitting both questions and answers among two different websites ? Could you explain how it will help the Sage newcomers to find an already answered question ? Could you explain how it will help the advanced Sage users to know about the existing problems ? Is there a way to merge questions and answer between both websites, or will this only contribute to dilute the precious data ? Please provide more details about your request.

tmonteil gravatar imagetmonteil ( 2014-09-18 06:03:18 -0500 )edit

On StackExchange, this question would need to be closed as off-topic or moved to meta ;)

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2014-09-18 08:11:24 -0500 )edit

Note that there is a similar discussion on [sage-devel](https://groups.google.com/d/topic/sage-devel/hwEhxaetakk/discussion) with interesting contributions.

slelievre gravatar imageslelievre ( 2014-09-22 01:52:57 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-09-18 05:50:14 -0500

The "Ask Sage" questions and answers forum is powered by a free open-source engine, askbot. It is hosted at sagemath.org and backed up. This way, the Sage community owns the data of questions and answers at ask-sage, in a documented format. If the development of askbot were to stop, the Sage community would still have a way to extract the data and transfer it to another free open-source Q&A engine.

By contrast, with a questions-and-answers forum at Stack Exchange, the data would be hosted at Stack Exchange, could not be backed up by the Sage community, and if Stack Exchange decides to turn off their website, or goes bankrupt, all is lost.

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It is possible to have the questions backed up occasionally from SX's data dump. It was being done for the TeX site regularly by Paulo Cereda: https://bitbucket.org/cereda/tex.sx-data-dump .

KnS gravatar imageKnS ( 2014-09-22 06:34:16 -0500 )edit
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answered 2014-09-18 08:10:16 -0500

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I don't think it makes sense to have two Q&A sites for Sage. Stack Exchange does offer some advantages in terms of stability, but these come with a price (as @slelievre has pointed out). ask.sagemath.org already appears at the top of google searches for Sage questions, so I'm not sure moving to SE would appreciably increase visibility of Sage.

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