Have you considered putting up a Q&A site outside of the SE network, where
you can control the set of policies employed better? At DataONE, we are
experimenting using AskBot on our own host (https://ask.dataone.org/),
which gives us the leeway to be much more permissive as a community about
what questions are permitted and how answers work than is possible at SE.
If at some point we decide that our model matches the Stack Exchange
model, we could migrate there, but it also works well as a standalone site.
Would this be a reasonable compromise for LIS to build a hybrid site and
experiment with the model?
On Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 5:24 AM, William Denton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On 9 July 2013, Owens, Trevor wrote:
> After my experiences with the Digital Preservation and LIS stack
>> exchanges I am very wary of using them as a platform. I'd agree with others
>> comments that they have far too puritanical and stringent requirements for
>> the kinds of discussion people wanted to have. Beyond that, the kind of
>> activity the stackexchange folks want to see on these boards to meet their
>> needs was a good bit beyond what our communities were going to generate.
> Well said. I was very interested in the LIS SE and asked and answered
> some questions, but the combination of the population not increasing and
> the SE environment not working the way that suits us for our LIS work ended
> up making me drift away.
> For all of our general IT questions (programming, databases, system
> adminstration), I'm sure we all use Stack Exchange sites regularly. It's
> too bad an LIS-centric version can't group all that together with our
> domain-specific focus, but it looks like mailing lists and blogs and such
> still work best.
> The whole SE network is fascinating. The range of subjects and how
> questions are asked and answered is very intriguing. I wonder what will
> happen to it in five years, and what will replace it.
> William Denton
> Toronto, Canada