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asked 2010-08-21 12:44:17 -0500

Oscar Lazo gravatar image

updated 2011-05-12 09:32:38 -0500

Kelvin Li gravatar image

I'm not sure what would be the difference of purpose of those two sites if the answer is not...

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answered 2010-08-21 12:54:03 -0500

Mike Hansen gravatar image

I don't think the answer is known yet -- we're going to try and see how this works. It offers a number of advantages for the mailing list for specific questions. These include tagging questions for easier reference, voting up the best responses, greater visibility of unanswered questions, and a karma system to "reward" those that spend the time to answer questions. Presumably if this turns out to be successful and work well, the needs for sage-support would be greatly diminished.

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answered 2010-08-21 15:03:10 -0500

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I don't think it can totally replace it for various reasons. The most important one is that not every support request is appropriate for this site, unless we really want umpteen variations on "Sage isn't installing for reason X" here. It also really isn't designed for a long threaded discussion about how to respond to a certain bug, which might move to sage-devel or something.

What I really hope it might be is a place that makes it much easier to find answers to recurring questions, which unfortunately is really hard to do with Google groups, and which won't happen on an FAQ anytime soon since no one has the time write such a comprehensive and well-indexed one as we need. This would fill a gaping hole in our documentation!

I have a counterquestion too. On sage-support we often say "see Trac XXXX". There it hopefully makes sense - the person now should follow that Trac. What would the equivalent thing be here? That isn't really an answer to the question that the original poster could mark as right, but often that is the most that can happen for a long, long time. Any thoughts?

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