[Mageia-webteam] Insert mageiaitalia.org among community forums

Wolfgang Bornath molch.b at googlemail.com
Tue Jun 28 20:47:49 CEST 2011

2011/6/28 Matteo Pasotti <pasotti.matteo at gmail.com>:
> Il 28/06/11 15.57, Wolfgang Bornath ha scritto:
>> 2011/6/28 Matteo Pasotti<pasotti.matteo at gmail.com>:
>>> Il 26/06/11 16.39, Wolfgang Bornath ha scritto:
>>>> 2011/6/26 Marcello Anni<marcello.anni at alice.it>:
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>> could you add mageiaitalia.org among the italian community forums that
>>>>> provide
>>>>> support for mageia? thanks
>>>> At the same time pls remove the german mandrivauser.de forum, now the
>>>> German Mageia forum is in place.
>>>> Thx
>>> I think it would be great having a forum on mageia.org platform for
>>> italian
>>> users, too (I don't know the availability).
>>> That way we give to the users a greater feeling of community and at the
>>> same
>>> time we don't have to ask for some kind of "official certification" for
>>> other resources that can continue to exist anyway.
>>> But that's my opinion, as I can see even french users have they own forum
>>> platform (maybe I'm missing some information written into previous
>>> emails).
>> You have to evaluate this carefully. There are benefits and
>> disadvantages on both sides.
>> On one side is the benefit of being "inside" the Mageia family. Users
>> access is done by LDAP. You (as admin) do not have to care for updates
>> or maintenance of the forum software, etc.
>> On the other side is the need of a tight structure of the Mageia forum
>> software management, you can't just up and change a code line for the
>> sake of convenience or add your flavor of smilies on request of your
>> users or add some MODs you are used to have, as you would do with a
>> standalone forum - this has to be decided and done by the sysadmins /
>> forum admins. In short: you are not free to do as you like, you depend
>> on the decisions and the workflow of others because your forum is a
>> part of a larger system.
> I'm still thinking that the advantages you've proposed are more important
> compared to the disadvantages.
> I think that people use forums to find solutions, to propose ideas or
> whatever: the appearance is less important compared to the contents, IMHO.
> Moreover, as you suggested, the admin doesn't have to take care of the
> maintenance.
> If someone doesn't like the official forums because they are not stylish,
> they can always take a look around and find other places that are more
> aesthetically-performant.

That is sure right,  but I was not talking about "stylish". I only
tried to give a fair picture of both sides.


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