[CentOS-devel] Forums

Wed Aug 8 17:03:59 UTC 2012
Akemi Yagi <amyagi at gmail.com>

On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM, Jeff Sheltren <jeff at tag1consulting.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 9:45 AM, Karanbir Singh <mail-lists at karan.org> wrote:
>> How would you define the difference in the Q&A style posts and a forum ?
>> i.e what characteristics make a q&a interface not be a forum like setup
>> ( and impact usability therefore )
> In my opinion, the Q&A type posts are really hard to read as a
> discussion and ask/answer multiple questions (like a discussion would)
> or have any flow aside from "here's the answer".  You end up with
> multiple "answers" (potentially voted up/down), and then each of those
> can have some seemingly random comments below them.  You don't get the
> ability to "quote" posts, or have a back-and-forth type discussion
> such as you would be able to do with most (all?) forum software, and
> the end result is it's quite hard to read/understand beyond a simple
> question and answer.

Thanks, Jeff, for the note. I find the same. The Q&A style posts are
far from what a forum is supposed to be. Let's forget about it for now
when discussing a forum replacement.