From the developers meeting summary:
Barriers to implementation
- Andrew attempted to get feedback from HQ, devs and end users through multiple channels (Tracker, a demo site, posting in the General Developer and Usability forums, screencasts, Twitter, a demo at a General Developer meeting), but wished he had received more.
- Forums can be intimidating. Developer chat can be quicker and useful.
- A mentor scheme may be helpful in future.
Do we still have barriers to communication of what is happening, and if you know what is happening, to really engaging?
We had a huge discussion earlier this year on this (in the context of changes to Moodle.org). Helen, we still have no changes that I know of in this area. Is this because you have thought and decided no, or just "in the pipeline" or have not decided what to do, or busy, or . . .? I'm interested even in the simple "New features and enhancements" forum we hypothesised, and the habit of shifting old threads to the "old discussions" so just the current stuff is there and current.
As was suggested, posts & links to wherever the discussion is happening. Dev docs, Other docs, Twitter, Tracker, Forums, Moot cafe conversations, Dev meetups etc could all be pointed to by one forum.
Rober Collier wrote some screwy stuff. but he made a couple of nice statements about commitment: "Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more" We don't have subscription at the discussion level, ForumNG functionality (like sticky threads, closed threads, drafts), we don't have tags. But we can tinker with the topics in the forums we have.
And: "It is only when you despair of all ordinary means, it is only when you convince it that it must help you or you perish, that the seed of life in you bestirs itself to provide a new resource" (also by Collier)
Pardon my small esoteric interlude.